It’s been 14 days now since I’ve had the smell of fresh air. I’m currently participating a clinical study which requires healthy humans to test new drugs before they release them on the market. For our safety however we are not allowed to leave the building. Accommodation, 3 meals a day, leisure facilities such as TV, WiFi and pool tables are all provided and of course, a handsome cheque when I check out. This is my 5th trial now and the longest I’ve ever done (17 days in total). It’s also the best one I’ve done so far. I highly recommend doing one of these if you’re looking for another avenue for income.* Just don’t put all your eggs in one basket as usual when it comes to money.
Today was a wonderfully spectacular day. I was just 10 mins in watching Religulous (Bill Maher) on the laptop on my bed when I couldn’t suppress my laughter and not disturb the peace and quiet in the sleeping quarters. So I decided to watch in the lounge/dinning room. Then one of the many patients I befriended suggested I put it on the big TV. Religion is a controversial topic but the room was almost empty so I hooked up my HDD. After a short while, we were joined by more people. Not surprisingly everyone enjoyed it. It was controversial but first and foremost hella funny.
After the doco was over, the 7 of us that stayed around had a remarkable deep and meaningful discussion covering topics not limited to religion, our education system, the government, the nature of the universe, current state of the world and how to make the world a better place. We all got to know each other better talking about our talents and passions and how we got to where we are. I shared my story about my automobile near death experience that caused the spark needed to begin my journey towards personal development. We all had so much to share and discuss that it was necessary to slow down because everyone’s input was worth listening to. It brings me much joy to say I have found new old friends. I say new old because we all got along so well. Sure we have our differences but we were all awakened conscious critical thinking human beings. And the energy created in that circle was truly inspiring and empowering. It was potentially a mastermind group.
It always feels like I’m travelling when I undertake these trials. I’ve never stayed at a hostel but I suspect my experiences these past two weeks aren’t too dissimilar. Most of the people here are travellers looking to boost their income and so many are European backpackers from all over the world but there are many locals too. We’re already planning a party once everyone gets discharged. And we’re getting Rick-ity-ity-wrreeccckkked son!!!!
*My personal experience and the place I go to is particularly pleasant with great staff and good looking nurses (men and women!).