I would like this post to serve as a solid reminder in my life when things went from bad to GREAT. I've outlined my past in some form in previous posts, without focusing to much on what was, here is some insight.
Exactly one year ago my life found itself in a much different place, a difficult place.
A year ago I was happily married, felt on top of the world, essentially life was good...or so I thought. I don't want to outline in to much detail the circumstances of that time, but things were heading downhill fast.
When my marriage failed I didn't know how to react to what was happening, before I knew it my marriage was over, everything I ever wanted was ending, and I felt like a complete failure. It was a time filled with turmoil, bitterness, anger, and just overall negative.
Not soon after when the dust began to settle I had time to just think, think about life, about me, about what was happening, about my daughter, about the past.....and then about what I was passionate about doing.
This last train of thought was very important because it would setup what you read today. I found a place where I began to assess what I loved to do in this life, not what others wanted for me. The only thing I could keep coming back to was traveling the world. I remembered my trips to Guatemala, to other various places, and a teenage dream I had.
When I was a teenager I was infatuated with London and wanted to go see it for myself. Unfortunately none of my previous adventures took me there, so what better time I reasoned then this difficult time.
It was Monday I was about to have a week of free time. I jumped on the travel sites got the best deal I could and booked a flight leaving Saturday. I had reasoned this 1000x in my head, I didn't tell anyone where I was going, not friends, not family...I just went. I needed to be alone, I needed to live, I needed to get back to the core of my happiness
Having been recently introduced to Couchsurfing ( literally weeks before) I began to look for people willing to show me around London. I also made plans to meet some new CS people here locally where I live. By coincidence there was a CS meetup the day before I left, I went and met someone I could have never expected. This person (who we'll call 'B') was sociable, very expressive, and a lively soul. Barely knowing me, after a great dinner, and talk, I told everyone I was leaving for London the next day. B not only gave me some musical recommendations, but jotted down a friends contact info who lived in London, and told me to make contact with her so I would have someone to hang out with........I WAS IN UTTER AMAZEMENT that there was people like B in this world!
I left the next day and lets just say that trip I dreamed of as a teenager became reality, and sincerely changed my outlook forever!!!!
I came back after having had an amazing trip, and meeting some great people. I realized in some manner in those moments that life could be something more than what I had initially thought. I vowed to myself to change things going forward, to enjoy life, and approach it in a different way.
This blog has tapped a potential in me I never knew existed. IHeartTravel has been a great source of happiness for me, a source of strength, a dream that has become reality.
Since that initial trip to London many other crazy life moments were made, and I have truly enjoyed all the material that has found its way into my life!
I Live Life now inspired, motivated, passionate, and overall just happy where all the cards fell. Don't get me wrong there is much adventure to be had, experiences to to take part in, and life to live.
So I say to all of you reading this THANK YOU! Thank you for reading my life, my expressions, my randomness and embarking on this adventure with me. I promise to keep this going, to keep learning, to keep dreaming, to keep seeing in marvel of what this world has to offer!
<3 Jeremy Garcia aka IHeartTravel <3
PS: Here's some pictures to show the amazing first year of what has been an amazing journey so far!