You are probably wondering ummm Jaime it has not been two years and also one month since you left. Well let me explain. Yes it has been exactly two years since I was arrested for drinking and driving and exactly one month since I left everything behind and hit the road. As I sit here on the balcony of the hostel I am staying at in Monteverde, Costa Rica I still can’t believe it. Its kind of crazy to think that in the past 2 years my life has changed completely.
Two years ago today I was arrested for drinking and driving. Yes I made a huge mistake I spent 17.5 hours in jail and paid the consequences. After all that a new me emerged and I love him. Looking back at my mistake I honestly would not change a thing. Yes it cost me a lot of $$$ and also a lot of heartache, but in the end if it wasn’t for that I wouldn’t be who or where I am today. It turned my world around and made me grow up and think about what I was doing with my life. I didn’t know at the time that 12 months of probation would give me a travel bug I am now curing. It’s kind of silly to say this, but I thank God for the DWI. I know for a fact I would still be wasting my days working to live paycheck to paycheck and then spend my free time getting drunk at the local bars.
I let my thoughts and dreams consume me while I was on probation and while getting this trip together. I was scared as hell and even thought I was being selfish. Now I am living my dream! I am so happy with my life it is surreal. I have never been so happy. I love that I am seeing new cities/towns meeting new people just about every day. I am discovering things about myself that I never knew. I am also discovering things about our world that I would have never discovered other wise. I could say for a fact I sure as hell don’t regret changing my plans and leaving early. I can also say hands down doing this has been the best thing I have ever done in my life.
I am not trying to paint a picture that every day is amazing, because trust me it is not. I have had my ups & down. I have also had a few days (okay 3) where I do nothing. Sometimes I do feel guilty for not doing anything, but the way I see it is this is not a vacation where I am trying to cram everything in in 3-7 days. This is now my life, I have 2 years to see everything I want to see. I actually plan on writing a post about that so I will rant later.
Through out the month I have had so many moments where I just want to pinch my self because I just couldn’t believe it. My 1st 48 hours were amazing; yes I had a mini-melt down one week in. I also had a very nice welcome to Panama City (someone asked to see my penis…very crazy), spent 3 nights in David, Panama that I fell in love with. Also one month in my kiss count has gone through the roof. I have gone skinny-dipping twice and have also been scandalous in Manuel Antonio. I also had the chance to meet Simon & Erin from Never Ending Voyage and also spend 2 weeks traveling with Jessica & Dani from Globe Trotter Girls.
I cannot complain I am loving life. I am looking forward to many more months of travel ahead. For now I am trying to get my itinerary together for Central America and Mexico (so far I have just been winging it with no real plan). Since I now know I will be heading home on June 21 (from Cancun) I need figure out what I want to see. I promised my best friend Erika I would not miss her wedding for the world so I am going to be there. After the wedding I will then head off to Europe and the rest of my round the world trip as I had planned.
I know I said this before, but I am going to say it again. Let your dreams and thoughts consume you. They may seem crazy now, but when you are living it its going to seem even more fucking crazy!!! Go for it and “BREAKAWAY” from anything and everything you want to “BREAKAWAY” from!!!
Oh & before I leave my favorite moment so far of the whole trip is a less than 15 minute chat I had with indigenous kids in the mountains of Boquete, Panama. It was all worth it just for that.
All pictures are courtesy of Dani & Jessica from Globe Trotter Girls!