South America, I’ve arrived via Colombia!
After what felt like a decade of packing and planning, I finally finished most of my pre-trip list and got to bed at 130am Tuesday morning. I was right back up an hour and twenty minutes later to get ready for my flight. Turns out it’s impossible to sleep when you’ve got a massive trip coming up.
Donning several sweaters, a scarf, and a bulky pair of hiking boots, we drove to Detroit in the pitch black, 18-degree weather at 4am. It felt just like every other Monday morning after a holiday when I would fly back to New York before resuming a grueling workweek. Thankfully that wasn’t the case this time. Instead I was heading to 90 degrees, sunshine, and carefree days spend exploring instead of sitting behind a computer.
After showing proof that I did in fact plan on leaving Colombia despite my one-way ticket, I got my boarding pass and made my way to the gate. One three-hour flight, two-hour (delayed) layover, and a two-and-a-half hour flight later, we landed in Cartagena.
I dropped my stuff off in my hotel and made it to Cafe del Mar just in time for an incredible sunset. As I stood there watching that red ball fall into the ocean, I couldn’t help but think “this is it. The trip you’ve been planning for so long, it’s here. And you don’t have to go back next week, or ten days from now. You go back whenever the hell you’re ready to go back or when you run out of money. And it’s up to you what “go back” even means. But right now, you have the next few months planned to just do what you love most: travel, explore, and meet new people.”
This is the first time in my life where my focus is to simply enjoy life. I know I haven’t even been here 24 hours yet, but I feel happy and free. I’m incredibly grateful that I learned early on to play by my own rules by going after what I want and building a life that’s worth living. That direction may keep changing as I learn and grow, but one thing’s for sure is that I’ll always be happy with my decisions.
Wherever you may be celebrating in the world, if you’re still looking for a New Year’s resolution why not make it to simply enjoy life in 2015? Rather than setting up a resolution with high expectations and a possibility for disappointment, take the time to focus on the things that really matter to you. Whether that’s family, friends, travel, or spending more time pursuing a hobby, ensuring that you’re able to recognize the important things in life and enjoy every single day that you’re fortunate enough to wake up in good health is one resolution that can’t go wrong.
So as we ring in a new year, the year in which I will enter my 30′s, my New Year’s resolution is to simply see more sunrises. I’m not a morning person at all, but as it’s probably the most peaceful time of day, I want to see the sun come up in some of these amazing places that I’ll be visiting over the next few months. It’s not 2015 yet (in this part of the world), but I woke up to my first sunrise today without even trying.
Happy New Years everybody! Do you have any other great resolutions? Comment below!