We were eating breakfast at Turneffe Flats Lodge with other guests fueling up for a day filled with adventures like fly fishing for bonefish, permit and tarpon or SCUBA diving some of the most colorful and life-filled sites in the world. Here on one of the largest and most diverse collections of islands (cayes), atolls and mangroves in the world, the day is never dull. A fisherman at our table was wearing a perfectly worn in, perfectly comfortable, perfectly cool Turneffe Flats baseball cap. We coveted his cap, which was obviously made of memories, not mere cotton at this point, and the fisherman confessed that he feared it was on its last legs just as it had reached perfection.
It got us thinking about what we could learn about life from looking at his sun-bleached, frayed across the brim, sweat-stained cap:
1. Style matters but not as much as shading your eyes so you can keep them on the prize.
2. Your favorite things will last longer if you’re gentle (hand wash whenever possible).
3. When something (or someone) goes from simply being worn to being worn in things start to fall apart so be sure to appreciate the events and adventures and lessons and moments that get you to your perfect point.
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