Sometimes life is not so easy and what can start out as a great time can devolve into a very stressful one. This story has been occupying my mind for the past week and I feel like I need to get it out.
Last weekend I took a trip down to Hikkaduwa, a beach town about 2 1/2 hours south of Colombo, to surf. I was planning on buying a surfboard for the season and spent the first day out on the waves and walking around the beach looking for anyone looking to get rid of a board. I had a great room looking out over the ocean, with a nice balcony just above the palm trees.
Everything was in place for a great weekend: good surf, friends all around, and plenty of tables on the beach full of beers to drink under tropical palm trees. Then I went out at night to a party on the beach. Long story short, someone broke into my room and stole all of my money. Goodbye surfboard, and all the relaxation I had built up. What’s worse is how I was treated by the local police. I spent 2 1/2 hours being grilled by them as if it were my fault. It was clear they didn’t believe me and thought I was trying to pull some type of insurance scam. I left the beach for home depressed and pissed off at the cops.
Unfortunately, these are the type of things that can happen sometimes. As the week progressed and Thanksgiving in the US drew closer, I gradually came out of my funk. Last night I went out to a “Thanksgiving Buffet” at a local hotel. All they did was add one dish of turkey to the usual Sri Lankan mix. However, it was a perfect meal. I was surrounded by good friends, ate myself into a coma, and drank my fill of wine. There are so many things in my life that I am thankful for, and they reduced the troubles from the week before to just a bump in the road. Just focusing on what I have and appreciating them put things back into perspective. I am sure there will be more bumps along the way but in the end they will pass and I will be happy to still be on the road.