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Spanish man finds message in bottle from London therapist who threw it in the ocean two years ago


Brandon from Spain found the message which had Nicolas’ contact details on it (Picture: Brandon Ryan)

A therapist who wanted to share some wisdom to a stranger went for an old-school method of getting in touch.

Instead of using social media or another website where he could chat to strangers, Nicolas Aujula, 35, decided to go for a message in a bottle for anyone who might be in need of encouraging words or direction in their life.

Nicolas, from south west London, threw the note into the sea at Bournemouth beach on a day trip in June 2018. The message said: ‘Follow your dreams, for your soul came here to thrive not just survive. Life is a series of moments take each memorable one for that’s what you take when you leave this world.’

Nearly two years later it was found washed up on a beach in the coastal town of Xabia, Spain, in April this year at the height of lockdown and was found by Brendon Ryan who contacted Nicolas.

Explaining why he wanted to share his message, Nicolas told Metro.co.uk: ‘Working as a therapist, I’m used to working with people to encourage and reflect.

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‘I have seen a rise in people talking about a lack of emotional connect due to our digital ways – my message was about following your dreams to focus on what makes you feel fulfilled and also to cherish the inner wealth of our life experiences that shape us to be who we are now.

‘We don’t take our money but our experiences beyond death so it’s important to create memorable experiences where possible I believe. I just wanted to remind someone of that, hoping that my words would inspire them and give something to reflect upon.’

Nicolas added: ‘Considering the bottle has been thrown at sea in Bournemouth back in mid-2018 I had put it in the back of my mind. I was pleasantly surprised yet amazed especially after hearing it had reached Xabia.

This therapist threw a message in the ocean (Picture: Nicolas Aujula)
Nicolas wanted to pass on a positive message to a stranger (Picture: Nicolas Aujula)

‘It was lockdown when the world has gone into shutdown and my life had taken a much quieter pace so it was lovely to get a bit of positive news with all the chaos of Covid-19.

‘Being reminded of that message seemed like synchronicity especially as people were thinking about the mortality of life on a much larger scale.

‘Maybe the stillness of the world enabled its founding and the final part of its voyage, it’s food for thought.’

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