It’s five in the morning in Turrialba Costa Rica. This has been my regular wake up time since I arrived. When I lived in Costa Rica three years ago, it was the same, I can’t sleep in here. It sounds like a bad thing but trust me, it’s not. Waking up before the sun and listening to the jungle come alive is possibly one of the most satisfying experiences for me. The life surrounding me provides me with so much energy and inspiration.
It is hard for me to believe that a couple weeks ago I was preparing myself to not come on this trip. I kept getting sick. I have had strep throat five times in the past five months and was worried about getting it while I was down here. I thought that maybe what my body still needed was rest; despite resting for the past six months. But, Jason Tonioli, the man who helped make this trip happen reminded me of how amazing of an opportunity this was and that I would surely regret it if I didn’t come. We’ve been here for one week so far and I feel the strongest and healthiest I have since my accident. He was right…I would have regretted it.
Turns out I didn’t need rest…I needed to be surrounded by and doing the things that have always given me purpose. It’s funny how one trip can change so much. This is why I am always moving. I’ve been stagnant for months, giving my body time to heal. Which is what I needed; but for six months….I’m not so sure. It’s so easy to get caught up in the comforts of a familiar place. You’ve got your regular coffee shop where the barista knows you by name, the yoga studio where you the teacher knows exactly where you are in your practice, and a home where everything is exactly where it’s suppose to be. For me, it’s so easy to lose my passion (for lack of a better word) when I’m living in such a routine way. But, before I left for Costa Rica I felt like that routine life was exactly what I wanted and needed. I was comfortable.
As I get to know the people here and fall in love more and more with the beauty and pura vida mentality I am so grateful for how free I am. If a place speaks to me I can pack up my stuff and continue to explore that connection. I’m not saying this to brag, I know I am very lucky. All the work I have done up until this point was to allow me to have the lifestyle I do. It is why I worked towards the job I have. It is why I haven’t married or had children. It is why I haven’t bought a house or acquired massive credit card debt. This is the life I have always dreamed of and for a moment there I almost forgot that.
I am content. I am so happy to be here and so grateful for Amazing Vacations Costa Rica and all their incredible guides. I want to share this with you! In March Natali Zollinger and I are offering a Costa Rican SUP experience with Amazing Vacations…join us!