I've been having a strong need of tawai lately.
It is only when I'm back in a dense forest
Do i feel truly fulfilled.
This 'tawai' I'm referring to is not a te reo word, but the 'tawai' that is the title of 1 of my favourite travel journalists' documentary based on a group of Penan people, who are nomadic deep forest dwellers,
Sadly they have now been pushed to the outskirts due to deforestation projects,
But 'tawai' is that strong feeling of home when they return to the jungle again, to forage for food and set up tents,
leaving no trails...
Staying at home just doesn't feel wholesome with all this ghetto-ing that we do.
Being-amidst-Nature is how I wanna spend my day, when time and weather permit.
I feel like it is some good hours well-spent when I'm amongst the trees, vines and ferns.
Do you have that sense of tawai when you go for a bushwalk,
Or do you yearn to go back in the water,
Like an ocean child that you are/ a river lover?
Being in the water is something I deeply crave, too.
I miss bathing in the ocean while watching sunset on Aitutaki.
I miss sitting in the water at low tide at 3pm , right by a piece of coral,
And watching the little fishes busying with their afternoon, like a child in an aquarium.
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