Of the many parts of Bali I’ve explored (and loved) I never thought I would end up basing myself in Canggu.
Years ago I acknowledged that the party scene wasn’t for me and that’s all I saw in this busy beachy town. The drinking, drugs, using substance and loud noise and sexual validation to distract from the gorgeousness of self evolvement - it wasn’t my jam any longer. So I lived for a while in the floaty, hyper conscious world of the deeply spiritual community, for a time. Turned out this didn’t fit me either.
Ill never forget running away to Canggu for a day with my two soul brothers. Throwing ourselves into the ocean and paddling into waves in giddy excitement, feeling like id come home again. I knew no one who lived here and I knew id be starting over once again but I was pretty darn good at that by now.
I found myself a little sanctuary outside of town where I could work and be in the quiet while still close to everything. Here, I got to work building my online business. I played around with some of the social circles of expats only to still feel like I wasn’t quite aligned with fancy gatherings, talk of investments and crypto currencies. I started missing the post surf shit talk with the boys from home, the simple life vibes that would be such a perfect balance for all the ‘not so simple’ work I was doing in my working hours.
So I sent out my request to the ether, the universe, whatever you wanna call it …. That week i wanted to end my life more than ever before.... and then, as the new year began, I was beautifully aligned with two soulmates. I spent a blissful couple of weeks dancing on waves, scooting around and taking bestie naps with my girl - who awakened a playfulness in me that I had all but forgotten…. And just as she had to leave I was aligned with the boy. But more than that, I was inducted into a community and a home. Two Homestays, side by side, that turned out to have a constantly rotating and revisiting cast of characters. And somehow in this little hub of (at the time) party madness, people from all parts of the world and all walks of life, age and character were living together and thriving.
I was drawn back into the party world here, then. And to be honest, I really needed it. I realised I had been working EVERYDAY for years on either other peoples businesses or my own. Here I saw a beautiful opportunity to exercise my newly rediscovered playfulness and just enjoy the NOW. It was a wild and fast six weeks of play. But despite some, perhaps, destructive behaviour, I started experiencing wishes being fulfilled the more I let go and enjoyed each moment for what it was. I still didn’t drink too much as I was simply thriving off this energy of community and friendship. Some of those simple moments, lying in a hammock or popping up on waves next to the boys were, to date, some of the happiest memories of my life so far.
But duty called. I needed to return to Australia and NZ to wrap up a life I had not planned to leave behind for island life. But I knew I would be back on warm shores soon enough.
Time moves people on, it always will and I knew when I got back some of the faces would be the same but it would be forever changed. What I didn’t expect however is that this little community spot could become even more aligned with everything I would love to have as a home base.
The party still exists and many of the characters are the same and yet we are evolving together. Most days I can wander in and find myself in a beautifully intellectual or creative conversation with someone old or someone new. The daily chase of the next big high has become the daily chase for good waves and good food together. I spend my mornings working and my afternoons playing music and laughing by the pool. Talking about music and books, podcasts and life. Catching sunsets with coconuts over sunrises with hangovers .... with people whom, without which, I would not have been sitting here writing this story (Im soooo fucking grateful for you all).
The whole ‘your vibe attracts your tribe’ quote seems so cheesy and yet appropriate. But its more than that. It is each persons vibe that EVOLVES a tribe. Each persons desire to find play in more than just the party. Each persons story and smile that make each day worth getting up for in the morning. Conversations that dont just spark new ideas but ignite them into roaring flames of excitement and motivation. The party will always be there to indulge and enjoy when desired but for me, to experience a collective of people banding together to create a community of beautiful balance of all these things, was something I could never have expected to come out of all this.
Im sure we will all have to come and go at times. Im sure life will move me to quieter spots eventually (Im watching you Bingin real estate) and many of the faces and energies may change but I’m so grateful to be part of the evolution of this place, with all the people past present and future who will come along.
But for now you’ll probably find me smiling softly, salty from the surf, surrounded by soulmates eating some damn fiiiinnnne Indian/Mexican fusion ;)