During a visit to the US in June to see family and friends, I debated staying in Sacramento, CA to plan my next adventure. Following a week of weighted contemplation, I decided to forfeit returning to my fantastic life in México, where I lived 4 blocks from the beach and celebrated each day with complete gratitude.
If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story. – Orson Welles
Leaving my amazing friends, my Saturdays with La Brigada and favorite cuisine, wasn’t completely voluntary. After experiencing problems with my work Visa (and circumstances that may have taken months to sort out), I decided to stay in the US and look ahead. After all, what do you do when you achieve your goals and make a dream come true?
Not many people know that before I decided on México in 2012, I applied to and was accepted by WorldTeach, a non-profit organization that places teachers in the schools of developing countries. As decision time drew near, I elected to go with México, since I had visited there before and it felt familiar. I also wanted my first experience living outside of the US to be challenging but not overwhelming.
México, as predicted, turned out to be like a perfect, warm tortilla: wrapping me in its soft, tasty arms, nourishing me without leaving me feeling stuffed. “Satisfecha,” my host mother,Titi (my mama Méxicana and a great cook) used to say after a meal. I already miss México, but feel confident that what I remember will be there when I return.
I left the ending ambiguous, because that is the way life is. – Bernardo Bertolucci
Now that I am back in Sacramento, I am already busy planning for Colombia and finding short-term or contract work. In addition to creating teaching and graphic design jobs, I am reaching out to my well-connected network of professionals and friends, knowing “Ask. Believe. Receive.” is the greatest mantra you can chant while focusing on what you want.
As I give thanks for the opportunity to relax and regroup after 9 months of español and sueños, I am eager to start funding my next dream and preparing myself mentally and emotionally for the potential challenges of moving to Colombia. I have already started contacting others with WorldTeach experience in South America, and so far their stories intrigue and inspire me.
It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams. – Gabriel García Márquez
Finally, as with any new adventure in life, there are doubts, fears and questions, especially from those not going with you. While I don’t quite yet seem to have the support and faith from all my friends and family, I hope by my time of departure, they will come around to believe in me, cheering me on as I leap… and watching in awe as the net appears.
I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. – Rosa Parks