Culture Shock in the States

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.

LOOTB Culture Shock in the States

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.

LOOTB Culture Shock in the States

LOOTB Culture Shock in the States

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.

LOOTB Culture Shock in the States

LOOTB Culture Shock in the States

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.

LOOTB Culture Shock in the States

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.

LOOTB Culture Shock in the States

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.

LOOTB Culture Shock in the States

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.

LOOTB Culture Shock in the States

0 thoughts on “Culture Shock in the States

  1. Jet Eliot says:

    One of the greatest things about traveling outside of the U.S., is coming home and realizing how great we have it here. Life is all about perspective, as you pointed out.

  2. Helene Zenia says:

    Welcome back and best of luck with developing your business.  Happy New Year!!!

    ________________________________

  3. Jennifer F- American Mom in Bordeaux says:

    Wonderful post!! So true – Wish more people could look at life that way!! So excited for both of you – you are truly changing the way people look and live life!! Can’t wait to read more and what 2014 has in store for both of your and for LOOTB!! Happy New Year!!

  4. expatsincebirth says:

    You got the virus of a nomadic life! Re-adjustment is not easy, but if you find like minded people who will listen (really “listen” and understand! ) and the chance of sharing your experiences, you’ll adjust easier. I wish you all the best for 2014 and am looking forward to reading more on your blog! 😉 xxx

  5. Pingback: A last California Christmas « Bound for Belize

  6. Pingback: Entrepreneurship in England | Life Out of the Box

  7. Pingback: Weekend Wisdom: When Nothing Is Known, Anything Is Possible | Life Out of the Box

%d bloggers like this: