For 17 years I didn’t know how lucky I was. Although I enjoyed the beach growing up in Trinidad, I was young and knew no other climate or country outside of the Caribbean. So I couldn’t begin to understand how fortunate I was. I took the nature there for granted 80% of the time.
Today, as an independent entrepreneur, nature is a source of peace and serenity for me. I crave the sunshine for its warmth and the sense of happiness it brings me. And I’m even learning to appreciate the quiet introspectiveness of rainy days and stormy weather (cue the Billie Holiday).
But over the last month, I think my respect for the Earth itself has evolved into awe, wonder and reverence. Thanks to 31 days traveling the North and South Islands of New Zealand, I can say, Earth Day 2023 felt more special than ever before.
Being in New Zealand was like living in a picture frame. So much beauty all around, it transformed me into a lighter, freer more joyful human being who was, in the same breath, more connected and more grounded.
I felt myself becoming fully rooted in the very essence that connects me to every other creation on our planet. Some call it God, some call it the Universe. What I know for sure is that it is something bigger than us all.
While I was in New Zealand, I got more in touch with my emotions, my dreams, my heart and my soul. It was the most magical escape and the most profound reconnection. And I don’t think it would have happened if it weren’t for the beauty of the land and the love the people there share for the Earth.
So today I want to share with you a taste of that sweet escape, in hopes that it will connect you a bit more to yourself, and the world around you. It makes me happy to do my part musically and spread more awareness about our responsibility to this planet as our home.
Here is a video for a project I did on Earth Day this year.
It’s a mashup of Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World and Childish Gambino’s Feels Like Summer. If you didn’t Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday , don’t fret! Let this be a musical reminder that there’s still time to pause and appreciate the beauty of the Earth around you, wherever you are. Enjoy