So here I am. Ready to finally share my journey with you. It can be hard to break the ice sometimes so I’m going to just roll with it. Traveling has always fueled my imagination. From planned trips to impromptu road trips to visit and discover new destinations. Visiting places I have only dreamed of, read about and studied in history class. Traveling has taken on more importance in my to do list since there are so many places I have yet to visit.
For a variety of reasons, travel was not at the top of my list because I put so many other things first. I have come to the realization, in grand reality check fashion that life is short and should not be taken for granted. From here on I have vowed to live in the present and nurture my curiosity. Carpe Diem. Seeking to achieve the goals that were continually pushed back year after year. All work and no play is not a life I would wish on anyone.
Let me give you some background so you can get to know me. I am a bonafide island girl. Beyond fortunate to have blossomed in a tropical paradise where I learned how to swim right about the same time I learned how to walk, perhaps even earlier. Growing up in the tropics, a magical island in the Caribbean known as Puerto Rico, I took for granted all the breathtaking beaches, sunsets and diverse landscapes the island has to offer. Blue flag beaches just a short drive away, Puerto Rico is only 100 by 35 miles, a beautiful rain forest and numerous small islands just off the coast. Surrounded by tropical breezes with a stunning beaches and rain forest jungle a short road trip away is something I will always carry with me.
I left it all behind. Family, friends, familiarity to pursue an opportunity that found me when I had not searched for it. Not one to shy away from a challenge so I embarked on an adventure to see where this opportunity could lead. The only thing I stood to lose was not knowing what would come of this. Was it hard? Completely. To immerse yourself in another other country, culture, environment, weather is something many will never understand. I can’t drive to the beach on a beautiful day, find fresh coconut water and fresh seafood to satisfy my cravings or head over to my family’s house. Some days are harder than others because I make the most of it. As I said, I am not a collector of “what ifs”.
Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be living here in the south. Seriously. If you would have told me 5 years ago I would be a resident of Nashville and in love with this city I would have probably laughed in your face. Really. Nashville never crossed my mind, for starters there are no beaches here. Did not take long for Nashville to grow on me. From the Southern charm, hospitality and amazing weather it really does reel you in. I embraced this opportunity which has enabled me to learn, grow and experience life from a another perspective. Life happens and you when you least realize it, you have settled in.
It has been almost 2 years since and I’m not a fan of country music yet. Never have been because I wasn’t exposed to it. This city has such a diverse music scene anyone can feel right at home. I could go on and on but then I would never finish about how fond I have grown of Nashville and all that I have grown by stepping out of my comfort zone. It really is true, you can only grow when you step out of your comfort zone. I may be pale version of the girl who grew up on an island but one thing has not changed. My sense of adventure. I will strive to encourage curiosity for my surroundings by embracing the present. Also take advantage of technology to spend time with my family. Grateful for FaceTime!!!
Join me on my journey.