Two weeks have gone by and I haven’t written a single thing: que torta. Any who instead of listing of a rambling of what I did and what I saw I think I’d rather share some of the reflections that I have had.
Hugs from your mom are magical. I loved spending 10 days with her and eating meals with her and traveling around with her.
Even being healthy doesn’t guarantee a long life. And we really don’t know when our lives are up. At the Chirripo race, a man died from a heart attack. But he died doing what he loves. It was a reminder to cherish the moment and let life happen as it does.
If someone can run 34 km, half uphill and half downhill at an extremely strenuous altitude, you can too. All you have to do is keep trying. And even when you feel like giving up know that they do too and will walk/stride up the mountain. Slow and steady until the end.
Tranquilo. Relax. What is the point of stressing, of insisting on being in charge, of worrying. Follow you gut, brain, and heart. Life is short and precious and it is all about learning, not rushing to the next thing.
But that being said, don’t do nothing. Take advantage of every opportunity you can. And if no one agrees with you, do it solo. It is better to enjoy doing something alone than be bored or miserable and regretful.
Money is money and in the end it burns. We chase after monetary wealth but it is emotional, mental, educational, wealth and a wealth of experiences that make us rich.
Going to visit another culture, doesn’t make you cultured. Learning it and respecting it and learning from it however, does.
Trust the paper over electronics. Electronics are finicky and sometimes they fail you.
Don’t let people make you feel bad because you don’t like something or have a different opinion.
If you don’t like the food. Find something else to eat or if you can’t suck it up and shovel it down.
Always prepare for the worst weather.
Sometimes you lose things, and yes its okay to be upset but it also means you can replace it with something that has a different level of meaning.
History is important and if you’re not careful it will change you and the way you think about and perceive the world.
Don’t write someone’s life for them. If you are saying what someone else is going to do when they are right there and they are silent and/or apathetic, maybe it means something is amiss.
Looking for 5 positive things at the end of each day can be hard at times, but puts you in a better mood before sleep.
Sometimes you just need a 4 hour nap.
Traveling will improve your ability to sleep anywhere through anything. Howling dog pack? No problem. Dying roosters? Difficult but possible. Torrential rain and wind storm, or blaring music from the open club down the street, even people partying until 3 am? All you need is an eye mask and maybe a nonwhite app on your phone. And you’ll be able to contort yourself into a variety of positions to sleep on the buses and the car even marble benches in bus stations.
Our world is beautiful and amazing.
Sometimes it important to do things that scare you, because they are exhilarating and it is amazing experience. Zip lining into clouds and torrential rain and wind gusts was scary, and I felt like I couldn’t breathe and the rain stung my face but I am so glad that I did.
Keep your people close.
Don’t self sacrifice for the sake of others and their happiness if it doesn’t actually make you happy. What is the point?
Sometimes the most amazing moments to you, bore others. And that is okay.
I saw a resplendent quetzal at Monteverde. Approaching threatened status the bird has had an important history in mesoamerica and the bird is difficult to see. And I got to take some photos. Whether they are any good your guess is as good as mine but even if they aren’t it still makes me happy.
Putting effort into something generally tends to yield results.
Your dreams really do try to tell you things, just pausing to even consider them is a step in the right direction.