Last week my mother and I traveled to Belize for a much-needed vacation. This was my first international trip and I had no idea it would provide me with such a refreshing perspective.
A few weeks before our departure, my grandmother passed. My family took it pretty tough, especially my mom. It’s one of those things you expect, but can never be fully prepared for. Like most grandmother’s, she was the matriarch of our family. She was known for her nurturing and faithful spirit. She was an artist, author and business woman that served her community. This trip came right on time and gave us an opportunity to heal, reminicse and cherish the present time with each other.
“I am allowed to grieve – and I am allowed to heal. I give myself permission to do both without fear, regret or guilt.” – Alex Elle
We stayed at a small village right on the beach, called Hopkins. Even though we stayed at a resort we were intentional about visiting the village and talking with the natives. The food at the resort wasn’t that great, so we decided to explore the village for dining. Our second day there, we rented a golf cart and visited a local restaraunt favorite called, “Ellas Cool Spot.” This was probably one of our most memorable days of the trip. My mom ordered the grilled lobster with mashed potatoes and plaintains. I ordered the grilled pineapple pork chop with rice, salad and plantains. They introduced us to their most well-known drink, the panty dropper, (which is pineapple juice and coconut rum). Just know the ride back to the resort was even more entertaining 😉
My mom is passionate about history and has been teaching for over 30 years and insisted we visit the Mayan ruins. At first I wasn’t looking forward to visiting the Mayan temples, but actually was intrigued by their resilient spirits and ability to create these spectacalur handmade empires to protect their territories. We visited two temples in San Ignacio, Cahal Pech & Xunantunich.
My mother & I at XunantichMe at the top, 130 ft up
This trip gave me an opportunity to step outside my comfort zone and see how others live in a different country. We immediately noticed they don’t have the same access and resources like gas, cars, education or modern homes. The gas there was $10 BZE ($20 US), so majority of everyone walked or biked, they can’t afford gas yet alone a car. Most would look at it as an obstacle, but they still get where they need to be. Also, the minium wage there is $4 BZE ($8 US), which isn’t very much especially for families. They live in shacks without A/C and kept their windows and doors open to keep cool.
Even though a lot of the people there don’t have fancy homes or cars, they aren’t victims to their situation. This was a very humbling experience to witness and a great reminder to remain grateful for what we have here in the U.S.
Something else I noticed was a lot of the Americans that were there in Belize were scouting for property. Belize is one of the top tourists destinations spots and a well-known retirement spot. It broadened my perspective and reminded me that once you change your mindset, you’ll change your life. We truly must take advantage of the resources we have and invest in ourselves, family and future. Our legacy is all we have and we must start thinking global and living limitlessly.
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
Continue to cherish the ones you love. Invest in yourself, so you’re able to invest in them. Provide them with new experiences and remind them that memories are the only things that are timeless, we must cherish them.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Summer, this is definitely an experience I’ll remember for a lifetime ❤
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