Puerto Viejo - 01

 

When you live like a nomad

the world around you

is continuously in flux.

 

It’s part of why I love to travel.

 

Puerto Viejo - 01

 

Stimulating unfamiliarity.

Liberation in exploration.

 

Goodbye Puerto Viejo - 03

 

But one of the hardships of travel

is learning to let go.

 

Learning to say goodbye.

 

Goodbye Puerto Viejo - 04

 

I wave to my loving family

after short visits

watching their faces disappear

behind the glared glass doors

stretching my heartstrings

beyond security, borders, and seas.

 

Goodbye Puerto Viejo - 05

 

I meet amazing people

form deep connections

but refrain from attachment

knowing and accepting

that I may never see them again.

 

Goodbye Puerto Viejo - 06

 

Saying goodbye

is a skill I have cultivated

to make this lifestyle possible.

 

To allow myself to feel free.

 

Goodbye Puerto Viejo - 07

 

But sitting here in the dark

packing the last of my belongings

I feel overcome with sadness.

 

Goodbye Puerto Viejo - 08

 

After spending the last two and half months in Puerto Viejo

I am moving again.

I am traveling again.

 

Goodbye Puerto Viejo - 09

 

I feel afraid of what is next.

I feel unsure of the fate of my own future.

 

Goodbye Puerto Viejo - 10

 

Wait, isn’t that what I love about travel in the first place?

The liberating uncertainty of it all?

 

Goodbye Puerto Viejo - 11

 

So sitting here

feeling conflicted about saying goodbye

makes me feel weak.

Makes me feel dependent.

 

Goodbye Puerto Viejo - 12

 

But perhaps it just means that I care.

That I let down my guard enough to become attached.

 

Goodbye Puerto Viejo - 13

 

Could that be so bad?

 

Goodbye Puerto Viejo - 14

 

Can I be an adventure-loving drifter

experiencing the pleasure and thrill of the world

 

Goodbye Puerto Viejo - 15

 

and also a deeply rooted nester

active in community, friendship, and love?

 

Goodbye Puerto Viejo - 16

 

Can I, like you, be and do anything that I want?

Live any way that I want?

 

Goodbye Puerto Viejo - 17

 

Of course I can.

 

Goodbye Puerto Viejo - 18

 

Today I am choosing to be back on the road.

I am choosing to leave Puerto Viejo behind.

 

Goodbye Puerto Viejo - 19

 

But I feel secure in also knowing

that I can always always always choose (as I often do)

to go back to my comfort, my community, my home.

 

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