Paradise is Never Easy
is never easy
and when you get there
you finally realize
nothing like you thought it was
a big mistake
for lettin' you in
Welcome to my new blog!
My name is Nate Olive and I am the director of Ridge to Reef.
Paradise is Never Easy is a song I wrote about living here and how the image of paradise is here but in fact it takes a lot of work and failures to make this place, or any place, what it is. Some see it as paradise, others see bush. Are any of us really worthy of paradise? Once we get there, then what do we do?
Join me and our amazing staff as we continue this experiment of the Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute as Ridge to Reef Farm.... remember, it's not the destination we are living for, but rather the journey. As my friend & mentor Ray Jardine once told me, "Paradise is right under your feet." So perhaps paradise is not something we physically make, but a perspective we choose to have. Or maybe it's both. Hmmmmmm what do you think?
I think you're right about it being both, Nate. You need to be happy where you are for it to be Paradise. For example, living in NYC would not be Paradise for me. I would not be happy at all. But there are so many things about St. Croix that I am happy about, and even though it can be very challenging to live here and try to make your dreams and aspirations work, it is Paradise to me. 18 months ago, it wasn't however. I was burned out by the constant battle to make things work the way I wanted them to. Now that I have come to realize that many things may never work the way I want them to no matter how angry I get, I have come to terms with the way things are here, and have adjusted my perspective.
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Nate Olive is the Director of Ridge to Reef Farm at VISFI