If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation. -Lao Tzu
Aloe Driscoll, aka Savila
Hi, I’m Aloe Driscoll, also known as Savila (pronounced sa-vee-lah), the Spanish name for the Aloe Vera plant. Underneath Savila’s thick, spiky skin is a cool, soothing gel that can heal numerous ailments, from cuts and scrapes to burns and rashes. This hearty cactus subsists primarily in harsh desert environments, making due with rocky, nutrient poor soil and very little water, resilient in the incessant burn of the scorching sun. Savila survives stubbornly – flourishes – producing a sturdy bud which strikes out like a sword at the menacing sun, blooming with crimson flowers that wilt and retreat.
It is my go-to remedy at home and my first aid kit when traveling. I drive around scanning the landscape (or the neighborhood) for Savila, relying on it for reef cuts, sunburn, mosquito bites, and the wisdom in its virtues.
Traveling Solo Through Central America
In the summer of 2014, I made a bucket list of things that I would do if I had adequate money and time. Then I outlined the steps that I would need to take to reach each goal. The longer I thought about it, the more doable everything seemed. An extended surf trip through Central America and Mexico was one of the things on the list. I had to let go of a lot to do it, but it was worth every sacrifice. And some of the things I let go of, I’m better off without anyway. The most important thing I’ve discovered is that I have all of the things I need. I carry them with me everywhere I go, and not in my backpack or my board bag – they are me and I am them.
My reasons for taking the trip were simple. Happiness. Integrity. Wisdom. Friendship. The courage to be genuine. I found all that and more. Sure there were ups and downs, it wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns, as they say. But what’s an adventure without some adversity, and some food poisoning? This blog is the story of my journey.