If you know me you would understand that I like routines and schedules. So hold on to that information while I tell you since I’ve been in Costa Rica it has been almost the exact opposite.
First of all I get to sit and enjoy absolutely every moment here, unless we are running late for a bus and sprinting to find the right one to hop on (this has happened multiple times during the first 3 weeks). Needless to say, I’m spending a lot of time resting in the moment. For the past couple years in college I have had a very packed schedule, but I loved it. I’ve spent my time in coffee shops meeting and growing deeper with people, working at Snake River Tea, hanging out with high schoolers a vast amount of time (Proud Young Life leader here!), and whatever time left going to class and doing homework. My planner was full…
Being here I have maybe opened my planner 2 times to write in due dates. For me that is absolutely crazy. SO I am telling you this because I am trying to find a new appreciation of slowing down and taking more time to sit and less time to fill my schedule. As for sitting, I’ve been doing a lot.We spend A LOT of time on a bus! Through this time, I’ve grown to find a new appreciation in them. In the beginning I felt like I was going to die being in 90 degree weather with a fully loaded bus, but I am starting to see things differently. Some of the highlights: when I am close to the point of heat exhaustion (little exaggeration) I look out the windows and see the beauty that is all around me, not only the views of green roaming hills, the colorful city streets, but the people living their lives right outside my bus window. Watching everything go by I get to see God’s beauty he has created here and I get to see myself taking time to just be.
So far doing the whole “just be” thing has been an up and down challenge, but I am learning to enjoy the long bus rides, great conversations, mornings with my host mom, and time where I get to be present with the one who created it all.
I hope you enjoyed my little rant and I am excited to continue to share more.
Wishing you the best from Costa Rica!