MUMBAI

"The thing about Mumbai is you go five yards and all of human existence is revealed. It's an incredible cavalcade of life, and I love that."
Julian Sands

Since my last time in India, I've been itching to come back. There is something about this country, these people that continuously draw me back in. It takes up residence in your heart and a corner of your mind. I've been lucky enough to see many of the world's biggest metropolises, but none have captured my soul like Mumbai. There is life in every corner, every crack, every crevice. From food stalls to the slums to some of the wealthiest places in India, there is never a dull moment. As I rode the train from one end to the other, I watched life, in all her forms, pass me by. I watched those commuting to work, those who work on the train, the mothers bathing their children and those wandering as I am. The history is rich, the colours vibrant, and the people amazing. 

As usual, I met some amazing people while In Mumbai. I ended up meeting up with a friend from Instagram who took me and a girl from my hostel to see sunrise over the skyline of Mumbai. Incredible. Mumbai is the definition of a sprawling city. And I loved every second of it. 

Here are a few photos of from my time in Mumbai. 

MOUNTAIN SUNRISE

Some mornings you just have to wake up at 3:30, grab some friends and drive to the mountains to watch the sunrise. There is something so magical about watching the first bits of light rising above the horizon breaking through the mist and the morning chill bringing light and heat to everything around. Sunrise to me is a daily reminder that we are being constantly renewed and restored along with all of creation. A reminder that each day is a new chance to be who you were made to be. It's a chance to let the old die and to let the new be painted in.

"It's just death and resurrection, over and over again, day after day, as God reaches down into our deepest graves and with the same power that raised Jesus from the dead wrests us from our pride, our apathy, our fear, our prejudice, our anger, our hurt, and despair."

What are you going to allow to take shape in your life today? What will the sun symbolize for you?

ENDLESS OCEAN, BOTTOMLESS SEA

Somedays you just need to get out - out of your head, out of your house, out of your comfort zone. Somedays you just need to call a friend in the middle of the night and ask them to sleep on the beach with you, regardless of how cold, windy, and rainy it is. Somedays you need to expect the sunrise and not see it. Somedays you need to realize that it's not about the destination but the journey. The journey is where you create yourself. It's the small moments that come together to make the journey beautiful. It's the laughs with friends and spontaneous trips. It's the heartbreak and healing. It's everything - every emotion, every action, every person you encounter. Everything works together to create you. What are you doing to create the journey you want to be on?

all photos taken on iphone 6 and edited with VSCOcam