What is it that you’ve been wanting to do for awhile now? Something you’ve been putting off and will get you out of your comfort zone? For years now, I’ve thought about taking a trip somewhere alone, but I’ve never done it.
I just got home a couple hours ago (which will be a week prior to when you receive this email) from Puerto Morelos, Mexico, which is right in between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. I was there for a total of 6 days and 5 nights. And I gotta say, the first couple nights there I did not like it. I didn’t go there to party or anything like that. This entire trip was about getting outside of my comfort zone, which going to a foreign country alone definitely did. My normal daily routine wasn’t anywhere near possible, my dog Jack was back home in Dallas, my phone only worked in my room so I didn’t have a lot of communication with anybody nor any access to social media or netflix, I even had to eat differently because there was no grocery store in Puerto Morelos, only an Oxxo (like a 7/11-kinda) and restaurants.
I was forced to go out into the unknown, meet new people, work on my spanish, try new things, it almost felt like being a different person. But after I got past those first couple days, I had some of the best adventures and biggest laughs that I’ll never forget. I spent virtually all day every day there outside; doing things like swimming in cenotes or in the ocean, snorkeling, exploring, talking to people, trying new foods, seeing new places, and having an amazing time. I discovered new things about myself, learned that some of the old things in my head that had been holding me back were just things I was making up in my mind, and in general, I feel like I have grown as a person. I never thought I’d be able to do something like this, but it turns out, I’m capable of a lot more than I thought I was. And I’d be willing to bet, if you go out and do that thing you’ve been wanting to do, you’ll find out that you’re an even stronger person than you ever would’ve thought.