I don’t even know where to begin, because this was so not in my plans at all and a part of me still can’t believe what I have done. I’m currently laying in my bedroom floor as I write this. It’s a place I did not think I would be writing from for a few years. So ummm yes, I am home and no nothing bad happened.
There I was in my hostel in Playa del Carmen getting ready to head out to the beach when I receive a text from my sister, “Check your email.” I panic and hope everything is okay. Thankfully everything was okay, but what I received would change my plans completely.
I received an email from my ex-bosses if I could please come back and help them for 2-3 months for several reasons and in return was offered a good deal. I text my sister furiously “How can you let them send that to me? You know I’m living my dream and had no plans to return for a long while?” She said, “Jaime just think about it and reply in a few days after you have done so.”. So I did… and well the first two days I was furious and had a firm “NO” in my head, but after giving it time and talking to a few of my good friends and other bloggers and people I had met up with in Playa del Carmen I realized it was actually a great opportunity. I mean honestly how often would an ex-employer you left to travel the world be willing to fly you back home and back to where you are (so you could pick up on your travels where you left off) and also offer you a good deal? Not very often.
I spent countless hours thinking of all the possibilities and the one that made the most sense was to go home. I figured I was at a good stopping point on my trip. My plan was to spend 3 months in Mexico before leaving to South America. By the time I left I had already spent two and a half months in Mexico and I hadn’t booked my ticket to South America yet. I thought if I go home for 3 months I would also be home for the holidays and many of my friends and family birthdays. Also I would be able see one my best friends become a mother to a baby boy. The crazy thing is that it’s the best friend I went home for on my last trip around the world, because I couldn’t miss my best friends wedding. As if all those things weren’t incentive enough I did the math and figured I could easily recuperate the money I spent in Mexico and save even more. Obviously the more I save the longer I can stay on the road and I like that. So in the end I decided the best thing for me at the moment was to go home. It’s something I would have never imagined I would do when I left, but it just felt right.
My New Years resolution was to keep living life on my terms and even with coming home for 3 months I’m still doing so. Honestly though I don’t know what I’m doing with my life and think most people don’t either, but I know I’m happy and to me that is what matters most. I’ve been living life on my terms for the last 4 years and things have always seemed to fall into place when I don’t worry so much about the future. Yes it’s scary not knowing what may happen tomorrow, but for now I’m making the most out of my life and coming home for 3 months will help me do so even more. I saw this not only as an opportunity, but as a sign that I’m living my life right (keyword MY LIFE).
Above all though the best part of coming home was surprising everyone. Only a handful of people knew I was coming home and I wanted it to stay that way. The best surprise was my mother though. I had a friend pick me up from the airport and drop me off at my parents house. When we pulled in my mom was outside with my nephew and I thought damn-it she’s gonna see me, but nope we pulled in and she didn’t get up. I thought, “WTF” so then I got out and slammed the door and still nothing (he thought it was my sister the whole time). So I finally started walking up to her very slowly and she looked and closed her eyes and looked again and her face was priceless. She yelled, “JAIME? JAIME WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?” I said, “I’m home for a bit.” Then she went on yelling in shock “NO JAIME WHAT HAPPENED? ARE YOU OKAY? TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED? JAIME SOMETHING HAPPENED WHAT HAPPENED?” all while hugging me and not letting me go. I had to let her know everything that was going on in like a few seconds to calm her down. After I told her she hugged me again and said she was so happy I was home. She couldn’t believe it, but was so happy and I was too. I know the reason she was worried was because the last two times I almost went home were because something bad had happened. The first time I was held at gunpoint in Costa Rica and the second time I almost went to jail in the Philippines. I love my mother so much and felt like since I returned from my last trip we have bonded even more and even more so during the two weeks we spent cleaning my grandparents house, but oh lord lets not talk about that… lol. Later that day I posted it on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and everywhere and well everyone was shocked and surprised, but the first thing everyone wanted to know was if something bad happened.
As for my time in Mexico it was beyond amazing and I am sorry I did not blog at all while I was there… okay I blogged about being in a travel funk and then getting out of it and getting my travel mojo back, but those don’t really count because they’re not really about Mexico and more about what is going on in my crazy head and heart…lol. I did though Instagram the shit out of my travels and even now am still posting pictures of my time in Mexico so be sure you are following me there. Anyway I’m so happy I decided to spend time in Mexico for many reasons that I will hopefully share in an upcoming post. Yes I am going to try to blog a bit about my crazy adventures and thoughts in Mexico while I am home. Trust me I have many things to share… just have to stop being lazy and start blogging again on a regular basis.
As for South America and the rest of my trip… don’t worry I am still going to do South America, but now just have to rearrange all my plans. I need figure out how I am going to tackle the massive continent with out doing a lot of back tracking. Now that I am going to arrive 3 months later than expected I can’t start in Colombia and make a big loop. Well I could but I want to see Patagonia before it’s freezing down there anyway more on that later too. So yes everything is going to change, but I’m okay with it. My plans are to leave Houston on January 1, 2015. I am going to ring in the new year with friends and family at home and then start 2015 with a bang… a flight to start my next adventure and this time with no return date in sight.
So yes everyone I am home and no nothing bad happened.
Now y’all all know what happened & why I am home!!! EEEEEeeeee I’m so happy it’s insane. Now I just hope time flies like I told myself it would and I could also keep the weight off I lost on the road off while I am home. Oh & remember life is what you make of it so make the most out of it & be sure you’re happy!!!