2016, 2016, 2016!

Oh how I wish that I brought in this new year with a particular crew of people while splashing in the waves on a beach on Koh Lanta, an island of Thailand, shouting “2016!” over and over again like last new year.

I was still bouncing around with a crew of friends from the US for the holidays at that time. We had plans on going out and really making a night of New Year’s as we would all be sort of splitting up soon after. First though, I wanted to spin fire on the beach. So, we set up shop among tons of other travelers and locals all over the beach for sunset.

 I think maybe we we had been icing each other all day…you know, the game where you trick someone into ‘finding’ a Smirnoff ice and then they have to get down on one knee and chug the entire thing… I know that was a trend of our time on Koh Lanta. Plus, I can’t remember if anyone else spun fire that night. I do however remember accidentally drinking some of my fuel because for some reason when I went to buy a liter, it came in a beer bottle. Anyway. The night was full of blurry shenanigans.

We were altogether partying on the beach and eventually decided not to do the typical nightlife thing. We were together, on a beach, having a blast. Why go spend a bunch of money and dance with sweaty strangers? Instead, half of us decided that at midnight it was time to hop in the ocean. We jumped in, still  mostly clothed, full of drunken bliss. In particular, Ciarra, Caitlin and I, just shouted over and over again “2015!” as if we really needed to let everyone know.

But it was one of those nights of, how am I so lucky? I’m in Thailand, splashing around with good friends in the ocean, chasing phosphorescent plankton under the stars. Yeah. I’ll take that.

This is pretty much how I imagine the scene looking.

I’ve learned a lot since then, and have a hard time believing it’s been a full year. One of the main things I’ve really started to appreciate more, is the relationships I have with the ladies in my life. My fellow road warriors, the Alaskan, the dancers, the artists, the social worker, the sister, the wild women in my life who resist gender stereotypes while still existing with compassion and a nurturing mentality.

Wouldn’t trade these faces for the world.

This is not a man hating post. Just one that appreciates women. Everyone has a hard time dealing with the preconceived notions that society has for them for whatever reason. Those exist for men as well. Obviously, I relate more with those that women face.

“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.”– Diane Mariechild


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