I’m typically quite private so sharing what I’m currently learning via blog post seems like a stretch but here goes.
These days I’m currently learning to let life surprise me. This seems like a basic life lesson so you’re probably wondering why this is such an aha moment for me – I can explain. Typically, I enjoy coming to new understandings. I’m compelled to establish my own rules, boundaries, standards, and style. In other words, leaving little room for surprises or unknowns…
I’m focused on attaining my inner goals and standards. I set a particular course based on my theory of what ought to be. I work extremely hard to accomplish what I feel is important. So when things don’t go a certain way it can be quite annoying.
Funny thing is, no matter how planned or calculated I am, life has a way of surprising me. Lately, I’ve experienced a few unexpected things and well … I’ve quite enjoyed it.
Life is richer when we let our expectations be shattered and let life surprise us. In order to be more open to surprises I’m:
- Keeping an open mind
- Moderating expectations
- Shifting my perspective
I turned 30 a few weeks ago and decided that I would take a great vacation to celebrate life and well the big 3-0.
I spent the past 8 days with this group…
The average age is ~66 years old. They ate grubs, zip lined through the Amazon, tubed down the Napo River, some completed a challenging 2 mile hike through the Amazon Rainforest, and others even did a 2 hour physical course filled with obstacles. They danced, wined and dined, and were ALWAYS ready for an ice cream break. They never complained, instead they encouraged us youngins to love life, to keep traveling, exploring, and being open to new experiences, people, and places. They are incredible and hysterical humans, with a zest for living life to the fullest. I wish I could keep them all but most of them are already packing their bags for their next adventure.
Here are photos from this wonderful trip. Ecuador was magic.
DAY 1: TRAVEL + QUITO
DAY 2: OTAVALO
DAY 3 – PAPALLACTA
DAY 4 & 5 – PUNTA AHUANO (AMAZON)
DAY 6: BAÑOS
DAY 7: QUITO