Taking a moment to reflect on 2018, i am reminded what a gift and privilege this life is, how each day brings with it lessons and awareness of what's truly important, and how we are all solely responsible for our own happiness and making the most of our time here on earth. so much can happen in a year for those open and willing to indulge in life's adventure. the places, the people, the experiences and growth - it is a journey to be enjoyed, revered and respected, not just the ups, but the downs as well. revel in the challenges, be grateful for everything you have, and if you aren't satisfied - perhaps it's time for a change in perspective or action. --------------------------------------------some highlights from 2018: training and testing for my multi-engine instrument ifr pilot's license, learning over 100 new songs on piano, drums and playing many shows with my brother and two cover bands, getting a motorcycle license and scuba diving certification, midnight swims in the magical luminescent waters off siquijor, climbing and watching the sunrise from the summit of mt. kilimanjaro, swimming with humpback whales, whale sharks and night diving in africa, exploring the serengeti and ngorogoro, travelling for many weeks through the philippines, ireland and the u.k. (twice!) with close friends and family, making friends all over the world in broken english, swahili, tagalog, and spanish, skating and exploring alberta's backcountry, running and swimming for hundreds of hours and sadistic 3hr daily workouts with my gladiator friends (run to the gym, workout, swim laps, then run yamnuska 😋) spending valuable time with my family and grandpa, fred, and watching old john wayne movies with him at the retirement home, having the opportunity for a loving goodbye with my family close by, road-tripping the yucatan and cliff diving into underground cenotes in mexico, paddle boarding, endless fly-fishing, camping, and sleeping out under the stars at every opportunity, and flying co-pilot with my brother through wild weather in vancouver, seattle, spokane, and over scenic rocky mountain sunsets (they will never get old)... and so much more!
Last year it was a vietnamese watermelon shirt, staples for buttons and no sleeves. this year, short shorts from cebu. why? because life is short, and you might need a reminder 😉 from asia to africa to central america to europe and everywhere in between, from night dives in the indian ocean to frozen mountain summits, from the pilot's seat, to the drum throne, to the back of a motorcycle being whipped in the face by the long blonde hair of the siquijorian version of bon-jovi - it's not where you are that matters most, but where you keep your nuts. ask any squirrel. speedo short shorts - you've outdone yourself! #fashionoverfunction#sunsoutthighsout
Newsflash: people in other parts of the world think canadians live in the desolate and unforgiving arctic and therefore have an ungodly propensity to withstand cold and the outdoors. as a travelling ambassador to canada i believe it is my duty to uphold this notion and ensure all foreigners think we are tough as f*** - therefore @scottyjacksons and i hiked the tallest mountain in the uk /scotland (ben nevis) in sub zero temperatures in short shorts. the result was excellent rapport for team #canada and harder than normal nipples. side note - if you are too cool to hike with your mom and post pictures, you're due for a family dinner. that is all. #ohcanada#littlechilly#littlewilly
Laying in a cozy bnb in northern ireland... waking up in 5 hours for a flight and currently browsing through my old instagram posts like a scrapbook of my life over the last 2 years... marvelling at the journey (only a minuscule amount of which gets posted here) the places and experiences, the craziness and freedom and energy, endless "christmas spirit" (my pseudonym for positivity and good humoured fun), and of course all of the amazing people. i always say "the people make the place" and it's true! thanks to great friends and family and everyone i've met along the way. ya'll make the world go round! #tendermoment#chickentenders#hearttoheart
Moir camp on kilimanjaro - the universe displaying a sliver of its grandeur. i couldn't sleep, so instead passed the time reading philosophy (a fitting topic when the universe is seemingly staring you in the face) and taking pictures of stars. i remember reading about "ontological" thought - turning focus away from everyday concerns and learning to appreciate the simple fact "that things are"... an existential topic that can greatly influence our attitude towards life's challenges, how we choose to spend our time, and what we find important. life itself is a miracle - and its many facets should be appreciated and revered. it's a wonderful world! #getoutdoors#reallifequotes#milkywaychasers
Enroute to the evening fishing grounds, in a small fleet of traditional jambiani sailboats in east africa. a humbling experience - the ingrained and unbelievably nuanced skill of local sailers and fisherman, the tranquility of swift travel in a silent, unpowered vessel, and the simple yet essential rewards of hand-line fishing for the evening meal. all amidst peaceful twilight and the gentle lapping of turquoise waves against the wooden hull. for us it was a novelty, but for the locals it's a complex and challenging livelihood. visceral - what a world! #jambiani#traveldeeper