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Old 01-31-2011, 04:17 AM
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As some of you may or may not know, in just 8 hours, i'm due to be departing for a 10-week adventure in the Bornean rainforest. Volunteering on a whole range of different activities, from helping to build schools to replanting of logged rainforest as well as intensive trekking through large parts or still remote and unexplored rainforest.

Of course, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity (hopefully not literally speaking though ) And needless to say, i'm hugely excited and extremely grateful to be doing something like this. To even have the opportunity to do something like this, especially the way I feel about things following Avatar's impact on my life and outlook on it.

But the drive I had to go on this adventure, the belief that I could go ahead and do it, that I could actually achieve it came in no small part from you guys. All of the people here on ToS, and originally, on AF.

You all helped me in my time of need. In the times of bad, there were always people there to hear my cry for help and offered nothing but unflinching help, support and pure friendship. 3 things that, in those times - when you feel so alone, deserted and isolated with no real voice to express yourself, or a person who understands fully, what it is you're suffering with - make you feel so much comfort and warmth in your situation even if it seems bleak. It's nice to know that someone cares, or that maybe someone else feels the same way.

But more than this amazing support, the people here taught me that this world is still worth trying to save, that there are still people who want to fight to salvage and bring back what remains of the true human. Love, compassion, care and the daring to put other - far more important things - ahead of yourself... and to be willing to make sacrifices for that cause. They showed me that this Earth that each and every single one of us lives on, as human beings, is also still worth battling for, still in a possible situation of huge potential and existing glory, although as badly in need of repair and help that she is. And (as cynical as some here may remain, for various reasons) with the help of many people here, I discovered my own spirituality, renewed the connection that I knew I always felt, but at one time, had lost to a large degree amongst the twists and turns of life. Even those who do not believe in such a thing helped this feeling within, flourish into something larger, something more beautiful, simply by allowing me to open up to it. However I chose to do so... even if sometimes, that meant challenging it and posing new questions and perspectives.

So esentially what i'm trying to say is, thank you everyone, for everything you've done for me, willingly or unwillingly, for helping me onto this path, but more importantly, for helping me to believe in it. I really do love each and every one of you for what you've done.

In times of need, in times of joy... We all fly together.
If not in person, then in spirit.
You'll all be there, every step of the way.

This is me, signing off.

Kiyevame, ma aysmukan si aysmuke... Oel ngati kamieie.
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Old 01-31-2011, 04:38 AM
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Good luck ma tsmukan, I knew you would do something like this someday. From your posts, I could just tell that you had it in you...the spirit. Now go bring it to the world.

And do bring back lots of pictures.

BTW are you going to be teaching? If you are, make sure you teach them right. Make them proud of their native culture, make them proud to be a people of the forest. Teach them about the world, but don't do it in a way that makes them want to give up their lifestyle.
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Old 01-31-2011, 04:58 AM
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I hope you have the absolute time of your life, Fkeu'itan.
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Old 01-31-2011, 05:25 AM
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Good luck ma tsmukan. Eywa ngahu.
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Old 01-31-2011, 05:41 AM
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Stay alive and have fun. Eywa ngahu
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Old 01-31-2011, 06:38 AM
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WOw thats amazing! Be safe brother, and have a good time!!!
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:35 AM
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Lam tsana'rėng lor oeru nėtxan!
Sėlpey oe, tėsopiri ngeyä sayunu ngaru!
Eywa sė etrėpa syayvi ngahu lėyevu a krr tok ngal tsatsenget!

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Old 01-31-2011, 09:56 AM
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Old 01-31-2011, 10:56 AM
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By Eywa, that picture looks like it was taken straight from Pandora. Have an incredible time and stay safe brother! Uber jealous
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Old 01-31-2011, 08:50 PM
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Good luck ma tsmukan. Eywa ngahu.
Yes, indeed! Lots of luck and enjoy your time there, tsmukan!
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Old 01-31-2011, 10:01 PM
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Find your own Neytiri while your out there good luck man
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Old 01-31-2011, 10:57 PM
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Good luck with your trip, and enjoy yourself. Take what you can from these types of experiences, they only come once.
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:48 PM
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Man, I hope you have the time of your life! That sounds amazing!

Stay safe! And we'll be here for you're return!
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Good luck, ma tsmukan... Stay safe, make sure you have lots of pictures and stories when you come back
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:57 AM
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Wow and so exciting to hear, Fkeu'itan, wishing you all the best for a wonderful experience!

A blessing for your trip

May you be safe
May you be healthy
May you be happy
May you be whole
May you be at ease!

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