October 24th 2014
So its October. I have been home for far longer than I was gone and I can’t believe how fast it has gone by. Now the shiny newness of being home has long worn off and Costa Rica feels like a far off dream. Did that really happen? Was I really living in a foreign country only 6 months ago? Some days I feel like I never left, and I almost forget of my life in Costa Rica. But some days I feel like there is no way that I leftMelissasta Rica ten months ago. And I also feel like I did not truly appreciate studying abroad while I was there. There are some days that I would kill to go back to my life in San Jose. Everything was so simple and easy, well, easier than the schedule that I have now that I’m back in school. I miss having free time, I miss the beach, speaking Spanish, my mama tica, eating rice and beans, living in a culture of “pura vida”.
I don’t know where I would be if I did not have that experience. It was definitely God’s plan for me to leave Colorado at the exact time that I did. My faith grew immensely this year. And Costa Rica had a huge hand in the journey I have been on. It taught me to live in the present day and to not always look to future plans. Costa Rica taught me how to chill the heck out. I do not stress out like I used to and that is beautiful. I didn’t realize it while I was there, but my Spanish improved a s*** ton! Haha. My Spanish classes at UNC are WAY easier now. I think one of the most important things I took out of Costa Rica is that I am capable of anything I want to be or do. I am brave and independent and confident and strong. And with God by my side all things are possible.
I thought Costa Rica was going to be my ultimate adventure. That was silly of me to think. However if anything, my ultimate adventure truly took off while I was there and is still continuing today. It was in Costa Rica that I really started to learn what it means to trust God. It was in Costa Rica that I understood in my heart that God’s plan for me is way cooler then my plan for me. Already He has opened my life up to so many beautiful people and opportunities I wouldn’t have had if I followed “my plan”.
There are some days that I wish His plan for me was to still be in Costa Rica. Haha. Life here is a lot more complicated than life was there. But the only thing that makes being back in Colorado as a student with two jobs, two bible studies, and having a lot of responsibility as a leader in my club okay is that I know that my adventure did not end when I left Costa Rica. I look back on my photos and my blogs and my experiences with nostalgia and a little bit of sadness. But I quickly get over it when I remember that God’s adventure for me has only begun. I have so many more opportunities to travel. But the beauty of God’s adventure is that it extends beyond traveling. The best has yet to come.
So I guess I can truly close this blog now that I am back to being a gringa and now that my inner tica was left 3000 miles away and 6 months in the past. I always carry a piece of her with me in my heart. Pura vida, my friends, Colorado style,
Taken back in April at the beach in Manual Antonio
P.S. I really miss blogging so keep your eye out because a future blog is in the works.