I found a parallel to my recent adventure and Compumatrix. Compumatrix paved the road experiencing life with passion, patience, and perseverance in any situation.
One of my bucket list dreams came true. I have always wanted to swim with wild dolphins. Every year for my birthday, I would take a day trip off the coast of Southern California on Dolphin Dave’s Dolphin Safari catamaran to visit the Bottlenose pods. It was exhilarating to watch their synchronized swimming and graceful leaps of joy. I was always the one at the bow getting wet and jumping out of my skin with excitement. My daughter said she only went with me to watch me make a spectacle of myself, not the dolphins.
This year was special, my daughter was in college, and I moved from Southern California. I wanted to do something special for my 50th birthday. I was in a bookstore when I glanced down at a postcard that said Love and Light with two dolphins with the sunlight dancing on them. I was mesmerized when I found out that it was a wild dolphin retreat in Bimini, Bahamas. It was February, and I immediately booked my trip for my birthday week in April.
COVID canceled my April birthday trip. It was rebooked for June and canceled. I rebooked it for the end of July, as I would not get a refund, and I learned a massive lesson about travel insurance, especially with COVID and traveling in the tropical regions. It was a horrible time to fly, and financially, it was not in my best interest. However, I took a leap of faith. Well, my next roadblock was COVID. The Bahamas went into lockdown. They only allowed private planes or charter flights to enter and required a negative COVID test within ten days of traveling. Yikes, I have to get a COVID test in Northern California during lockdown within ten days of my flight, then a Bahamas Health Visa that takes three days to process! I called around for two days to find a hospital that would do an expedited COVID test. Unfortunately, It would take 6-10 days to get the test results. And my biggest fear about the test was getting a false positive that I kept hearing from the media. I decided to take an at-home kit test and go to the hospital to see which one would return with the good news first.
I went to a rural hospital an hour away from my town to the COVID outside tent testing. I was the only one with four nurses. I felt I was in the John Travolta “Boy in the Plastic Bubble” movie. As I was filling out the paperwork and one of the nurses came over and asked why I was getting the test, I told her I was swimming with wild dolphins for my 50th birthday in Bimini. She said behind her plastic face mask, “Oh wow, what a coincidence, I swam with wild dolphins last September, and I am going back next April.” It was the same wild dolphin retreat! As she took my nostril swab, she said, “This is for the dolphins”! I can’t make this up! It was a sign to go on my dolphin quest.
I took the tests on Thursday. By the following Wednesday, I didn’t have results from either lab, and I had to submit my Visa by the next day. I was leaving for my adventure on Friday and went into panic mode, as I needed to cancel flights and rebook the entire trip by the next morning. I called the hospital records and talked with an angel who assured me it would work out and let go. She told me to call again at 4 pm, and if not, she would look first thing in the morning and call me with the results. She called me at 7:30 am with my negative test. A new friend who was going on my trip had a direct email for Bahama health visa administration, and I had my Visa by 9 am
I met my human pod in Fort Lauderdale, as we were going to fly out on Sunday morning. We were so excited to get to the island, yet found out we had more roadblocks. The Bahama government shut down all incoming travel. We were on hold again. Finally, we had a clearance to fly out Monday morning because we were on a private retreat with no contact with locals.
As we were entering Bimini customs, they wouldn’t let us because our COVID test was not within ten days, as our previous canceled flight. Then our group coordinator lost her passport.
I felt like I was on the Compumatrix rollercoaster. My experience with Compumatrix taught me that from all adversity comes greatness. I learned that people do business differently from me, and I have to respect the rules and perspectives, such as banks, governments, holidays, weather, internet outages, software updates, etc.
With all the roadblocks, there has been an unwavering passion, perseverance, and patience. With letting go and faith, I watch miracle after miracle unfold in Compumatrix.
By then, all we could do is laugh and smile and let go. We all had absolute faith. Sure enough, another miracle our trip director had friends, who let her in, and she had to return the following day to pick up her passport that she left in the airport lounge. And they extended our Visa and stamped our passports. By 3 pm, my dream came true (see picture below) as we swam with our first pod of wild dolphins!
And what did the dolphins teach me about business? They are a pod. As a collective consciousness, they are a team that collaborates and does not compete. They stun the fish with sonar and let everyone have a turn to feed. I have been on Discord numerous times when members needed Bitshares, and others gave to them. I have observed birthdays, anniversaries, funerals, celebrations, and laughter. They swim together through all weather and protect each other from sharks. I have close members that encourage and cheer each other throughout the years. We have always stuck together, through our fears, doubts, and disappointments, knowing we will all hear a southern accent yell ‘WOOHOO’!
I look forward to the day at our first conference where we can meet each and give great big HUGS!