As the end of the year approaches I reflect on all that I’ve learned this year. Whether it was my own situation or someone else’s, there were many lessons. I paid attention first. I focused on doing my best to see things for what they are and not what I wanted them to be. I applied for an American passport. Traveling is apart of my many aspiration’s in life. I cherish the chance to educate myself through meeting people, people that cherish life no matter what cards they are dealt.
My family and I traveled together, something we’ve done since we were young children. I enjoyed observing how everyone has grown into their own. No one is the same as before. I love it! Towards the end of this years Summer I received two stamps in my passport, one from Costa Rica and one from Nicaragua.
One of my bosses from high school (who also happens to be a good friend of mine) invited me to San Jose. The word “Beautiful” never left my mind as we headed to Granada, Nicaragua. Costa Rica is literally breath taking. The grass is the prettiest green I’ve seen. The beach is surrounded by volcanoes and mountains. I heard nothing else but waves crashing on the light blue water.
Afternoon rains were an everyday thing. (I’m happy I locked my hair, it’s less of a hassle. I was relieved.) Once we arrived in Granada, it started to pour as we searched for a place to stay. While we were walking, we saw these large, wicker rocking-chairs formed in a circle located in the front rooms. We later found out that those same chairs are for family members to sit and speak about their day after work. Nicaraguan families commune amongst each other before dinner. That was one of the things that really stood out, the sense of togetherness and community. I definitely wanted to bring that back with me. The fact that they take the time out to listen to each other shows strength and love. Both places were amazing! It was my first time out of the country.
I mentioned my hair being loc’d. The transition began in April. I wore an Afro for sometime before the change. My soul has been awakened, now that ” I am conscious, I am responsible”. I’ve made the choice to be who I am and be proud of it! My hair isn’t meant to be straight. MY SISTAS, be you! Life is simple. It was the easiest choice I’ve made, especially because I don’t want to look like everyone else. Wearing my hair in it’s natural state gets attention. People see that I’m proud of who I am.
Loc’s also allowed my exercising routines to become even more bearable. I no longer have the excuse of ‘sweating my hair out’. December 2008 was the time that I chose to take better care of myself.
I maintained my weight but didn’t continue working out. The end of the summer was the beginning of my new journey. My routine was jump started once again by my best friend, who also chose to make a change for the better. I started to walk/run where ever I could the beach, park, trails, and hills.
Eating salads, fruits, veggies and drinking plenty of water, I lost 67 pounds. I must say, it’s one of my greatest accomplishments. It wasn’t a walk in the park either. Some bad habits had to be broken, but the change was worth every ounce of pain & sweat. I’m proud of myself. There were no tricks, pills, or magic. Just hard work! Knowing that food should only be used as fuel was a precious lesson in itself.
Writing about everything this year would fill a book. I’m going to stop while I’m ahead and share more later. I’d like to share just one more lesson I have learned. Happiness comes from within.