After living in Central America, we were a bit nervous to find out how we were going to adapt back to life in the States. The final night in Mexico we stayed up all night with butterflies in our stomachs for the next adventure. At five in the morning, as the sky was still dark, we jumped in a taxi and headed to the airport.
When we got to the Oaxaca airport, we felt as if we were entering a completely different world. The airport alone was much more developed compared to the places that we had been used to living in. As we loaded onto the plane, we weren’t completely prepared for what we were about to experience.
As we entered the Houston airport, I (Jon) literally kissed the ground underneath the sign that said “Welcome to the United States”. I don’t know why I did, but it felt right. I felt an overwhelming sense of gratefulness.
I was grateful that I could enter the United States freely. Grateful that we have all of the tools necessary to be living the life we want. Grateful for the future we plan on creating. I came back to the States a changed person.
I now have a new appreciation for everything I once took for granted when I lived here. A quick vacation could never provide this perspective for me though. The only way I was able to change was through living out of my own comfort zone, out of the box. Living life to it’s fullest potential.
Because of this life changing experience, we are constantly in need of getting out of our comfort zones and finding the next journey. We now see everything around us is as an opportunity–an opportunity for adventure, to learn and to progress.
We knew there was a lot of unknown ahead of us, but we were prepared to work harder than we had ever worked to develop this dream as far as we could. It has become who we are and now, back here in California where we started, Life Out of the Box feels more real than ever.