Fortune doesn’t always have to do with money.
I was volunteering on Lesvos, in Greece this spring, and I didn’t have that much cash.
I was hoping to find somewhere fairly cheap to stay, though most places were 20 euros and up. A little much when you’re volunteering and have already spent a fair chunk on the trip. But I really wanted to volunteer on Lesvos, and there were groups that needed the help.
I started working with one group, and when I told them where I was staying, they said I should move closer (I had a room at a guesthouse about 20 minutes by scooter from where I’d be volunteering). But there was nowhere under 30 euros anywhere closer.
So they said that I should move into the hotel that was being turned into a receiving area for refugees. I could be the “night watchman”, which just meant I’d be sleeping there, not that I would have to stay up and keep an eye out.
And just like that, I was the only inhabitant of a gorgeous old hotel on a Greek Island; a hotel that sat just up from the shoreline.
I woke to this view…
I worked in the garden during the day.
I spent a lot of evenings on the beach, with tea and biscuits, and a good book on my phone (this one was A Wrinkle in Time), watching the sunset.
And I even had a chance during the trip to see the Pope…
Who says fortune has anything to do with money?
Money may make life easier in a way, but it is definitely more interesting when you have to find or make your own good fortune.