The Caribbean Island of Antigua & Barbuda was where I headed when everything seemed to be falling apart. About a week prior, I booked a ticket to go visit my brother in Medical School at the “land of 365 beaches.”
I quickly found that you never escape your issues, challenges, disappointments or failures, they are always there for you waiting when you return. I was going through a career change, a career that I was set on since sixth grade and now the life I was headed towards was not the one I wanted or envisioned. I had to ask myself, “If I can do something for the rest of my life, and be happy what would this be?” I wanted to be the one that chose the adventure and never the one who says, “I will start living my life when…”
While driving through the small island of Antigua and Barbuda that is just 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, I learned that sometimes you have to move away to get closer. In other words, you can get farther from a situation, yet gain more perspective. I learned that you take swings and sometimes risks pays off and sometimes they fall apart, but you never lose, you just learn.
I watched the clear waves crash slowly along the soft sand, sergeant major fish with a yellow top and 5 black vertical stripes swim by, and locals living slow-paced, content lives. I found that some of the best moments of my life have not even happened yet and I was going to continue to be myself in a world that was constantly trying to make me something else. I was no longer going to count my thunderstorms, but counting my rainbows instead.
The locals on the island showed me to be present, appreciate nature, disconnect, drive slower and just slow down. The best lesson I ever learned in life came with the worst feeling I ever felt in life. I learned that even when I felt as though my dreams were collapsing, I was actually making a way for a better reality more aligned with who I am, not who I thought I would be. I now know, that one day I will look back and know that this is exactly what had to happen in order for things to fall together and work out in my favor.
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