He must be crazy
07/11/2011 - 07/11/2011
This journey is much like the last time I went to Costa Rica as I left on short notice without knowing if I had a job when I came back, was not sure what to expect or where I would go. The main difference is that I´m not doing the ¨two-weeker¨thing (a term for people, mainly american, who try to cram a traveling adventure into the 2 weeks of vacation they have from work.) This time, I don´t really have a ¨reality´to go back to.
For those of you who do not know me, I´ll give you the short story. After turning 30, reflecting on my previous travels, and some eye-opening moments in my life over the past year, I decided that the ´Live-to-Work´life that I had embraced and worked hard to get, was not where true happiness was for me. I looked at the Things that I worked for and I considered a part of my identity really did not define me or make me happy or a better person. After constantly telling people to follow their dreams and all that jazz, I took my own advice and quit my job, rented my place out and left my hometown in the name of happiness. I resolved to work for Happiness for the rest of my life and let the hardships, experiences, and adventures define who I am. Oh, and the other reason is that it sounded really cool to give up life and travel.
I wasn´t sure what finding happiness meant but I knew that taking immediate action would be a start. While all options were on the table, I decided that a personal and adventure journey through Central and South America would be a fun place to start. After packing up my place, I took 2 pieces of luggage with me to Portland on a pre-planned family reunion in June, but I decided to cancel the return trip.
Since I had been before, I booked a one-way flight to San Jose Costa Rica with the plan to do whatever moved me. I´ll come back when I feel I´m ready or I go broke. The ´plan´is to head South but who knows.
Now that we are all caught up on the story, I´ll tell you about this blog.
Even through this is a personal journey, there are plenty of people that threatened my life if I didn´t keep them up to date with where I was and what I was up to so I decided this would do the trick. I´m planning on keeping the blog focused on my whereabouts and doings and may share a little about my personal growth as I go.
Along the way, I´m looking forward to experiencing and seeing new things every day, living in the culture and meeting some new people. I do not have any plans or agenda, just taking things day to day and doing what feels right.
It would be really cool if you got inspired but i´m cool with you just keeping tabs on me or living vicariously through my adventure.
I am looking forward to your comments on this blog and/or emails (firstname.lastname@example.org). Email me for my contact # if you want to text and call me. If you are inspired or just want to have some fun, please join me or if you just want to contribute, you can make donations and prolong this fun through Paypal (instruction below) paypal account. This journey is not about money but if you feel moved, feel free to donate. Feel free to comment if you have any creative ways that you can contribute to this trip with your ideas, tips, etc.
I want to send a very sincere and heart-felt THANK YOU to my parents, siblings, family and friends who have supported me and helped me prepare for this life-chaning journey. I would not have the courage to do this without you in my life!!!!!
That´s it for now, thanks for checking out the blog and I hope you stay on for the ride!
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