Wake up, open your eyes and know that you are in a special place. You are more than more than 500 miles from the nearest road. Here you are protected from the issues on the nightly news and your only concern is to complete your work and to navigate through the challenges of the day until once again you reconvene with co-workers at dinner.
We are tired after a day of heavy rain, of arduous patrols on steep hills, but we are satisfied and happy that we are protecting our home.
While patrolling the island, I sit on a boat and watch the sharks swim and schools of fish quiet swim alongside. I am gazing into a completely different world, with other sounds, it evokes deep feelings and I feel privileged. I think of my family so far away, but also know I am always among family when I’m here.
In the afternoon I walk through majestic trees, mossy, and I feel the humidity. I inhale deeply and feel the purity of isolation; I put my feet where few people have been before. The pristine waterfall crashes and the birds greet us.
I am absolutely certain that this island is alive. She breathes, and becomes more beautiful everyday.
Today is just another day. We have many wonders to protect and this great responsibility rests on the shoulders of a few. I am proud to say I work here, I am proud to say my heart resides here and I am proud to say I am a ranger of Cocos Island National Park.
Despertar, abrir los ojos y saber que eres uno de los pocos en un lugar a más de 500 kilómetros de la carretera más cercana, para que ver el noticiero si lo importante está aquí y la única preocupación es cumplir el trabajo y esperar reunirnos a la cena todos a salvo de los peligros del día, cansados, tras de un día de fuertes lluvias, de un mar incesante y poderoso que merece respeto o tras largas caminatas por empinados cerros, no parece un trabajo, es más una familia manteniendo su casa lo mejor posible, no es solo nuestra por eso se debe cuidar, quienes nos visitan , dueños también, deben quedar satisfechos con nuestro quehacer.