It’s been a while. I actually have 3 blog posts backed up that I just didn’t post. Life on the road is beautiful, challenging and exhausting. Last night I slept for 11 hours through a hostel party happening a few feet away from me.. a necessary skill in the backpacking life.
It has been just over 4 months since I left home, and in that time I have crossed the Pacific Ocean, and stayed in 10 different cities in 4 different countries. I have met people from all over the world, been in some terrifying situations and also had some of the most incredible experiences of my life. I have eaten enough plantains and avocados to feed a small country, worked my way through 3 journals and 1.5 sketchbooks. I have been dancing as much as possible, sometimes this means salsa-ing and bachata-ing the night away in a Latin club somewhere in Guatemala,and sometimes this means rolling around on a hostel floor just to get some movement through my body.
Along the way I have changed a lot of things about the way I live. I have given up trying to be in control of things or having plans. I often arrive in a new city now with no idea where I am staying or what I am going to do. I have given up trying to look like societies definition of ‘beautiful’, I don’t wear makeup or shave my legs, I am so unashamedly me that at first I couldn’t even recognise myself. I repeatedly put myself out of my comfort zone again and again, sometimes too much – I have definitely got myself in some hairy situations, most of which I have yet to tell my mother about (hi mum).
“spend time in nature, swim in the ocean and don’t wash the salt from your skin for the rest of the day, when you have nothing to do write a poem or draw a picture – it doesn’t have to be good, let go of any expectations you put on yourself, let go of any expectations society puts on you”
I’m not sure how long I have left on my Latin adventure, at least 3 months. Over the next few days I’m heading to Nicaragua where I will be teaching yoga classes, working on a farm and teaching English to other staff members. I will try and update more regularly but my unwillingness to commit to anything at the moment often takes over my psyche.
A lot of people tell me that they’re jealous of my adventures or that I’m “so lucky”. My answer is always the same. You can have all the experiences too. Set your mind on a goal and work towards it; live the cliche, pack up your things, travel, get outside your comfort zone, speak to everyone, speak to the locals, eat the local food, eat lots of fruit, party with the locals (it’s A LOT easier to learn a language when you’ve had a few tequilas), spend time in nature, swim in the ocean and don’t wash the salt from your skin for the rest of the day, when you have nothing to do write a poem or draw a picture – it doesn’t have to be good, let go of any expectations you put on yourself, let go of any expectations society puts on you, ask the universe for the things you want and you shall receive.