Today, I feel so excited about the future. I have BIG plans for myself—improving my finances, traveling, learning a new language, and moving abroad. See, big things!
So, how did I get to this mental plateau? At the time, I had recently turned 30, and I was growing bored in the mundane affairs of my life. I decided to travel to Costa Rica, which was the first time I traveled alone abroad, and the first time I’d been to Central America. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but I had no real itinerary or expectations. As a person who once obsessed over every detail, it was refreshing to just live and let live.
Being in a completely different environment (culture, language, comforts, etc.) really helped to remind me of who I am, just what I am capable of, and what I really want and deserve for myself. This little country reminded me that you do not need a lot to have all that you need and to be fulfilled. And with that, I began to reevaluate my place in this world. I began to ask myself the hard questions: Am I happy where I am? How do I envision myself sincerely happy? What am I missing? How can I fill the void?
When I was younger I followed societal norms thinking it would bring me closer to some pinnacle point where I could say, “Yes, I have arrived. This is living!” I got the bachelor and master degrees, as well as crippling student loans. Was I any happier? No! And, now, I have a basic job and student loans in the five figures. Yea me! I invested in real estate months before the U.S. housing bubble burst, and I am still reeling from the fallout almost ten years later. What joy! It has been one of the hardest and most expensive lessons I have ever learned. I stayed in a relationship that eventually went nowhere. All of this I thought would improve my quality of life. HA! Now, that I am older and wiser, I promise myself to do better.
My trip made it very apparent that I had grown complacent, and I was no longer challenged. I was just going with the everyday rigmarole because it was easy. People have less to say when you are going with the pace of things. I was tired of that pace. I lost a bit of myself in that pace, which I hadn’t realized before my trip.
Fast-forward post-trip, now I have a renewed vigor and I am ecstatic about my direction. All those questions I began to ask myself—I started answering. And, I liked the answers I received. It made me realize that I shouldn’t limit myself because at the end of the day I am solely responsible for my happiness and well-being.
For me, in this moment happiness means: Getting away from the “rat race”, being more financially independent, becoming debt free, traveling more, as well as making more time for myself and passions.
And so that is my direction. Pura vida!
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