On my recent trip to Thailand, I visited the Phi Phi Islands (you can read more about the islands and Thailand in the travel section) and spent an amazing few days on the beach, living the simple life. Being on the island reminded me how simple life really is. We rented a little hut on the beach with no cable and no wifi. There were only a few people on the side of the island where we stayed and we had to take a boat if we wanted to go anywhere off the island. There were no cars, no motorbikes, but only a couple of bicycles here and there used for transportation. The air was clean and fresh. We spent our days playing in the water, catching some sun, eating home made foods (that was provided by the hut owners), and enjoyed peaceful nights with stars lighting up the sky. Living in Dubai, a city where you are almost forced to constantly hustle and keep up with the demands of a growing city, it was quite refreshing to get away and spend some time disconnected from everything. Living in certain parts of the world, anywhere from Moscow to Dubai to D.C., we cannot help but always be on the go, the city life style depends on it, and in order to survive and improve, we have no choice but to keep up. While living this kind of life of constant “going” we tend to forget that life does not have to be complicated or challenging. After all, it all depends on our choices and our actions, as well as our reactions to situations. I am grateful to have had an opportunity to spend some time on the island, experiencing how simple life can be and observing the beauty of nature that is all around us. It was relaxing to spend days not worrying about wearing make up or doing my hair, or wearing anything but beach clothes. Being around the people of the island was a truly humbling experience as well. They were kind, open hearted, warm, peaceful,and happy. It was beyond freeing to see people who are genuinely happy with what they have in life and not obsessing with things they don’t have. The island community was a true community where everyone helped each other, they took care of the nature around them, lived side by side peacefully, and shared their way of life with tourists from all over the world. There is so much that can be learned from them. I think being away from big cities and towns, these people are able to hold on to what is truly important in life, which is health, happiness, family, and one’s community, among some other things. As Maya Angelou put it “People will forget what you did or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel” and the people on Phi Phi Islands make you feel at home, peaceful, and happy to be alive. I can only hope to be able to do the same with all whom I encounter in this life. I also wish for you to spend some time on an island somewhere in the world (or anywhere else that is far from booming cities and busy towns) and observe the simplicity of that life.