“Those who are courageous, they go headlong. They search all opportunities of danger. Their life philosophy is not that of insurance companies. Their life philosophy is that of a mountain climber, a glider, a surfer. And not only in the outside seas they surf; they surf their innermost seas. And not only on the outside they climb Alps and Himalayas; they seek inner peaks.”

-OSHO

So many of the women I’ve had the good fortune to have met over the past few weeks are exemplars of Osho’s words. The guests on the last couple of Wild Women Expedition trips here in Kauai have been so willing to step outside their comfort zones that I am left utterly inspired. There is Jackie, who is now 60 and has just had her first swim in an ocean this afternoon, being tossed around by the waves and laughing like a child. There was Carol last week who never dreamed that she would ever stand up on a surf board, and yet, there she was, riding the waves into shore with a huge grin of accomplishment on her face. My co-leader Ann is now 55 and is the epitome of a Wild Woman; she runs an hour a day, does outrigger canoeing, surfs, swims and is a paddleboard champion who has been featured in film and in magazines. Tonight at the dinner table a few women were speaking of their mothers; two sisters relayed the story of taking their then 80- year old mother crazy carpeting down a huge hill several years ago in the winter. Another woman told us that she took her 76-year old mother snow tubing last winter, and her mum loved it. All of these stories I’ve been hearing and been able to be witness to make me feel so jazzed to get older; to climb more mountains, surf more waves, ski off more cliffs, learn more blues riffs on the piano, continue my spiritual journey, and fall in love with life each and every day. I’m so grateful to these Wild Women, and here as their “leader” yet so very often they are my teachers.

Tonight I danced under an almost full moon in Maui after a day of sailing, swimming off the catamaran. watching whales perform and display their huge tails, singing and playing ukulele with strangers on the beach in Keihe, eating dairy free fresh coconut gelato, chanting mantra on the beach under the stars with two dear friends, coming home to a warm shower and now sitting in bed reading a David Sedaris book that makes me laugh out loud. I am really living the Lole philosophy which is to Laugh Out Loud Every Day. I’m so grateful for the abundance in my life. Lots of new song ideas today created on many beaches. Now I just need to learn more than the four chords I now know on my uke to create some chord progressions. Manana is always another day.

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