"I Baja-ed It!"
A year of nomading and grieving. A year of honoring and not fixing. A year of active and empathic listening. A year of loving, not just others, but myself. A year of powerful badassery. A year exploring and navigating being Just to The Left of Death three times.
And so I went…
I went to Greece in honor of my brother's wish before he passed of Cancer.
I went to Italy to eat and celebrate my late friend.
I went to Austin to innovate.
I went to Palm Springs for inclusion and to mend my heart.
I went to Canada to see my family and build with passion.
I went to a psychedelic space to hug my father I found after his suicide.
I went back to California to pay property taxes, laugh, and replant roots.
And when I was truly ready to honor all of it, everything that comes with the S’s of grief- the silence, the swirl, the shame, the survival, surrender, and the show up:
“I Baja-ed it”
To fully process and release something as an act of radical resilience.
Example: “I’m happy to share that I have fully Baja-ed my last relationship and feel good about it.”
Written from a beautiful and wild mixture of grief and gratitude on the breakfast porch at Modern Elder Academy by Addison Brasil.
Addison Brasil's work as a co-founder of tethr for men's mental health and wellbeing is part of a lifelong mission of taking traumatic life challenges and turning them into supportive opportunities. Addison shows up in the world as a conscious creator, connector, and a "forever student" which has brought him to Baja to visit the Modern Elder Academy and take part in the Sabbatical Sessions as he finishes writing his first book "Just To The Left of Death."