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Traveling On My Own: Miami

This photo was taken at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. The gardens and outside area were my favorite part. Been able to be so close to the ocean made was amazing and the view was breathtaking. All I wanted to do was to jump into the sea and swim haha.

2017 arrived rather in a blink of an eye. I couldn’t really take my time to acknowledge that another year had yet passed by and I didn’t really have time to sit down and think about what 2016 had meant for me. Overall, the whole ’16 to ’17 transition happened in a haste. December 30 was my last day of classes and in January 1st I was at the airport holding my carryon bag with one hand and waving goodbye to my mom and boyfriend with the other. 

                                 The places where I walked! (Note to self: next time pack more shoes haha)

I have never traveled on my own before and everything was so rushed that I didn’t have time to actually be scared or anxious. As I sat at the gate waiting for the call to aboard the plane, I was messaging with my mom and talking on the phone with my boyfriend. It hadn’t sunk in that I was leaving for two months and I know two months for some people is not a long time, but this was the first time I was away from my family. Four hours later I was in Miami.

       What I loved the most about the whole trip was been able to walk everywhere. I felt free and alive, if that makes sense.

Going to Miami symbolized the end of a chapter in my life. After many ups and downs, after 6 years of some things going my way and others the other way around, I finally accomplished one of my goals career and personal wise. Ever since I graduated from high school, I’ve wanted to travel and study abroad. For various reasons, I chose to stay in Costa Rica, but part of my mind always wondered what it would have been like if I had moved out of my house into a new country and what kind of person would I had become if I had the chance to live in a different place. Not the same as if this had happened 5 years ago, but I got the chance to find out the answer to those and many other questions.

From my experience in Miami, I loved been able to walk outside, to wear anything, any type of clothing or makeup, and other people wouldn’t even notice or care. It was very refreshing and fulfilling to have that anonymity. I had no label, no nothing, because no one knew who I was. I had the chance to be myself without sort of feeling judged. There was no “you can't be this way because you already are that way”, do you know what I mean? There were no boundaries and no limits, so I took advantage of this situation to get to know myself better. 

                                     This is at Wynwood, which is this amazing and artistic place in Miami.

Because I was alone most of the time, I had to work my way through everything, from speaking English on a daily basis (which I hadn't done since high school), cooking, avoiding getting lost, to talking to people and making new friends. I had to battle with my shyness and some old fears that I have, to learn and/or be reminded of that I can do things if I set my mind to do so. It felt great because on so many aspects I had kind of lost faith and was set to this idea that I was destined to fail. It had gotten to the point where it felt like I had no say and couldn’t do anything about it because things kept not going my way. However, this experience turned out the other way and to my surprise I actually received positive and encouraging feedback about my personality and my performance as a student. Every time I think about it, I’m still in shock haha, I just never expected this.

I guess what I want to say is that it’s all about your set of mind. I learnt that it’s all about you at the end of the day, about the way you feel about yourself, if you trust yourself, and if you believe that you are capable of achieving anything. When I talk to my parents about this topic, they always encourage me by saying: “the world is yours”, meaning that there is no limit to who I want to become and what I want to achieve. By sharing my experience and thoughts with you, I want you to know that the world is yours and that you can do it. You just have to have a vision, set a goal, and not let your fears or other people’s labels or thoughts about you let you down. 

                                                                 This is where I belong: at the beach.

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