I used to always hear people say, "Time flies when you're having fun" and I never truly understood the legitimize of that statement until the passing of this month. April of 2018. The opportunity to travel is one that should always be seized, never be denied especially when the journey entails 6 different countries, 6 different cultures, and being granted the pleasure to maintain the company of some of the most genuine, sincere people this world has to offer. All within the span of a month. I consider myself so incredibly blessed to have had the opportunity to see, meet, and experience some of the most beautiful things this world has to offer. With so much that has happened during my travels and I don’t have nearly enough time to write about everything, but I do want to share some of the things I learned spending time in some of the most incredible and humbling places in South America.
The first and most important I think is we as people like to believe that we have an infinite amount of time. That there will always be enough time to make and create and do the things we’ve always dreamed of but in actuality time is the only thing that is certain in this life. There will always be an ending to the things we hope could last forever. Don’t fall into a life of waiting for the right moment. It never comes. This moment is as good as any. So take that risk. Dream big. Love your heart out. Become all that you can be and do everything you want to do because if you’re always waiting for the “perfect moment” to arise life is going to pass you by.
Secondly, a meaningful life is not about being rich, being popular, or being perfect. It is about being real, being humble, being strong and being able to share ourselves enough to touch the lives of others. While I was in Peru I had the opportunity to talk with a women who’d lived in Cusco her entire life. I could see she didn’t have much and the way she had lived her life had been very different from how I live mine. Aside from our differences she said something that I will never forget; she told me, para vivir una vida feliz no necesitas mucho dinero. Solo un montón de amor. (to live a happy life you don’t need a lot of money. Just a lot of love.) We cannot buy a meaningful life, only live it.
Lastly, at the end of all this, the most important piece of advice this journey has given me, that I can give to you, is to enjoy life while you’re living it. You can never know which moments will be the ones that you’ll remember and when happiness will hit you. So be open for anything at any time. There’s no reason to stress the past but only to learn from it and make new memories every day. For there is only one life and one chance.
As this chapter of my life is coming to an end I’ve realized that perhaps we only leave so we may once again arrive, to get a bird's eye view of what it means to be alive. For there is beauty in returning. Oh how wonderful and oh how strange it is to see that everything is different but know it's only you who has changed. So at the end of it all, I close my eyes to old ends, and open my heart to new beginnings.