Some of the photos in this post were taken by our guide, Maya Homberger, who has given me permission to use them.
After spending a couple days on San Cristobal Island, experiencing one of the best dives of my life, seeing my first hammerhead shark, and then surviving a boat ride from hell, it was time to start our 8-Day Galapagos cruise. The ship that we would be calling home for the next week is called The Angelito.
After looking into the countless Galapagos cruise options, The Angelito seemed to be the perfect fit for us. It was not overly expensive (For the Galapagos), it had stunning reviews, it had the itinerary we were looking for, and it’s known to have a very good guide, named Maya.
Maya is originally from Switzerland, but has been working on the Angelito Yacht for 20 years now. She’s accredited as a level III guide (The highest level) and is a partial owner of the ship. I trusted that we were in good hands.
Our next week would be full of action and adventure. We would be traversing throughout the Galapagos Islands, with two different land excursions per day.
Our first stop was North Seymour island. We were immediately greeted by some friendly wildlife.
One of the first things I noticed and one of the thing that makes The Galapagos Islands so interesting is that the animals do not fear humans. We could walk right up to the animals, and they weren’t bothered at all.
The Dance Of The Boobies
We were even lucky enough to see a few pairs of blue footed boobies doing their beautiful mating dance.
Chinese Hat was given it’s name because there is a mountain on it, that apparently looks like a chinese hat.
There was not as many animals as on North Seymour, however, there were lots of bugs that kept trying to land in my eyes. It was a little annoying. We did meet some more seals and were introduced to a new animal, the marine iguana.
Whereas the land Iguana’s eat fruits that fall off of cactuses, the Marine Iguana’s eat algae off of rocks. This is how the entire ecosystem works in the Galapagos Islands. All of the animals specialize. They don’t compete with each other. They all have their own little niche.
A Big Fish In A Small Pond
This reminded me of the business principles that have been drilled into my head, over and over. The first being, to always aim to be a big fish in a small pond, by finding a niche and specializing, rather than trying to compete as a small fish in a big, already saturated market.
The second being, to always look for win/win opportunities. Competition wastes energy. I was taught to always ask myself, “How can I work with my competition,” so that we both win and end up further ahead than if we had been competing with each other.
It’s Time To Get Wet
In general, each day consisted of two land excursions and one opportunity to snorkel. The highlight of our first snorkel, was that I had the chance to see my first galapagos penguin. After spending time with penguins, down in Antarctica, this was now the 5th species of penguin I’d seen.
Bartelome is a volcanic island, which is known for the famous, Pinnacle Rock.
Again, there were not too many animals on this island, but there were some incredible views.
To end off the day we took a zodiac cruise around Bartelome Island, and found some more cute little penguins.
When we were discussing how the animals were so unafraid of humans, Maya said something that got me thinking. She said that these animals have “original trust.” They’ve never had any predators, so they’ve never had to learn to be afraid. These animals live their entire life without fear.
I remember imagining how wonderful it would be if I could live that way. Then I remembered the night of my final Ayahuasca ceremony, and how I did get to experience what it feels like, to live without fear; To feel true freedom. I realized that, in reality, that’s what I’ve been working towards on my journey of personal development. To gradually break free of the prison of fears and limiting beliefs that I built around myself.
I was at a seminar a few years ago, where Darren Hardy spoke about a concept he calls cave syndrome. He talks about why we have all these irrational fears and why we are full of inhibitions to do harmless activities.
He told this story… “You walk by a cave, this one time, and out pops the head of a cougar. You’re immediate response is to run like hell. Now whenever you see a cave, you run like hell.”
Throughout life, We keep collecting these experiences that say danger, run, avoid. As we compile these cave syndromes, we start comparing every potential experience against them. When we look at very unthreatening circumstances, we associate them with these cave experiences because one time, somebody rejected us; one time, someone made us feel bad; one time, we felt embarrassed; one time, someone let us down.
“Doubt and fear steal more dreams than failure does” – Darren Hardy
Now we’re afraid to pick up the phone to ask someone for a favour; we’re afraid to open up and be vulnerable; we’re afraid to speak in front of a group of people; we’re afraid to approach a beautiful woman (or man); we’re afraid to speak our mind or present our opinion; we’re afraid to trust; we’re afraid to go for our dreams.
Why are we afraid of doing such non life threatening things? It’s because of these cave syndromes. These are irrational fears and beliefs and they are holding us back.
I recommend that if you want to turn your dreams into reality, to start breaking free of your cave syndromes. Prove to yourself that these fears are irrational. Do something every day that scares you. Replace your negative “cave” reference experiences with positive ones. Go out and live your dreams.
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