While taking the tour through the islands and cays of Cayos Cochinos we ate fresh fish, prepared by the locals. The local garifunas live in these little huts on one of the cays where they cook various fish dishes for all the tourists who come visiting them. I loved seeing how the little black kids were leading such simple yet happy lives.
They basically are in the water all day long and play with what they find in the sand. It’s beautiful leading a lifestyle like that and being happy with little. It makes me question if kids really need that much toys, a playstation or any tv at all. Kids like the kids on the island are way more open and social because talking to people and selling them little bracelets is what makes them happy. Such a different life than how I and many others grew up.
I feel like kids who grow up in situations where the parents aren’t that rich, are often way more creative. I’m not saying that the kids who grow up in more luxurious situations are not, but they don’t have to do too much effort to find something they like. If they want to build a castle, they just get their legos that are stored next to all their other toys. If the kids on the island want to build a castle they have to go look for wood and leaves and make a super cool ford. I hope that during my time as an au pair I can take Slaiden on many adventures that don’t involve money. I can’t wait for him to be old enough to start building camps together! I loved doing that as a kid. I could spend hours in the tree house I built and in the camps I built using old umbrellas and sheets.
All those memories I have from my childhood seem so long ago, but I’m happy to think back about the way I grew up. I didn’t realize it back then, but those were the days! When you’re a kid and you can spend the summer outside in your garden, doing whatever you want to do in the beauty of nature, without having to worry about anything in life, that’s just pure happiness.
Have you ever been to a place that wasn’t as developed as the place where you grew up? What were your feelings about this?