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  • Writer's pictureJacob Skorka

I Have an Island (pt. II - The Island)

Here, have a beer and let's talk about the island that I told you about last week.

If you have been following along on Instagram, then you probably already know how it works. Each thing -- the island, the box, the animal, the ladder, and the storm -- represents something in your life. This week we'll chat about the island.

I received a lot of feedback from last week's blog. A lot of you tried to skip the line and just get the answers, some of you took it as a chance to sit and be creative, and some of you have relayed some of the conversations that you have had with friends.

Some of the islands I heard about were quaint and small, others were unimaginably large. Some were full of people and others were desolate. Some were open to all while others were invitation-only, and some even had closed borders. One island started as a "my island" and quickly shifted to an "our island". Maybe it's no coincidence that our island was also a very kind, large, and welcoming place that affect people how they want, and need, to be affected. Another island that was dreamt up had an old pickup truck that never broke down, fertile soil begging to produce the necessities, and was big enough to explore for months without finding the end. I heard about islands that were inhabited by people, but those people were not discovered until the owner of the island had established her way of life, her routine, her comfort, her safe place. That island was a small island, and everyone who lived there operated similarly to how she operated. I learned that not all islands look the way that islands are supposed to look. I learned that some people have islands with beautiful, large, snow-capped mountains that butt the water in order to protect the center which is more beautiful than the mountains. All islands are different, with the exception of one obvious similarity. Every island had the same thing in common and the theme was that weather, as we experience it in reality, is bullshit. Each island I had the chance to learn about had perfect weather - whether it was perfect for the person experiencing it in the time and place, or it was perfect in the traditional sense, it was perfect. As was each island.

The island represents your worldview. It paints a picture of your ideal world. Some important things to note are the size, the people, how people coexist, how people and other creatures coexist. We can learn a lot about what people need from us as friends if we pay attention to these things. Our island is a kind island before it is a large island and is a large island before it is a welcoming island. Just Josh might need people to be kind and understand how big this world is, then he will iterate how important it is to welcome others into both of those spaces. Old trucks that don't break, fertile soil, and somewhat big islands tell me that there is beauty in simplicity, but we need space to explore. I think that small islands with an established routine before noticing neighbors show the need for safety and simplicity but also the longing for people and community.

My island is small, but people are welcome. I'm careful with who I surround myself with but am not opposed to those that I trust bringing the ones they trust around. My island has everything that I love because everything that I love is everything that I need. My guess is that your island has everything you need as well.

Cheers to your island.


How accurate was your island?

Come back next week to learn about the box that is on my island.

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