Travel Journal: Mexico
That being said, it’s a completely different culture than to what most Americans, including myself, are accustomed. And submersing ourselves into the Yucatecan culture will not come without its everyday challenges...including remembering to separate ourselves with parts of our own culture in the process.
I was listening to music while packing yesterday. One song, “The Sophomore”, by Ben Rector contains these lyrics: “and you find you’re holding on to everything you know, but the strength to move beyond is found in letting go.” And I thought, what a brilliant idea! Letting go of the way we live—frozen pizzas, ubiquitous air conditioning, Facebook, and constant cell phone coverage—might actually teach me something. Something humbling.
Needless to say, I am extremely excited! Tomorrow night I’ll be landing in a foreign place, with foreign people and a different way of life. Not to say that my meticulously scheduled self won’t have to get used to the “I’ll get there when I get there” bus schedule, or the borderline-oppressive heat, but I’m excited to get started! For now, letting go is the name of the game...letting go, and welcoming what’s to come with outstretched arms and an open mind. And sharing it all with you.
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