I am going to take a month long TEFL course in Costa Rica. I am hoping to get a job teaching English for up to 6 months after the course. This is something that I have been wanting to do since I was a child. First, I wanted to join doctors without borders. Except, I realized being a doctor isn’t something I could handle mentally so I decided I wanted to teach abroad. I didn’t think this would become a reality for another few years. To my surprise, it is happening now!
I am excited to start this journey of discovering a new country, a new language, and a new way of living. At the same time, I am nervous. I have a fiance, friends, family, and a life here in Maryland. What would life be like without them? How would living abroad change my relationships? Will things be normal when I come back? I have so many questions and doubts about going to Costa Rica for possibly 7 months.
I know in my heart, this is part of my journey of self discovery. This is the perfect time for me to find out what I am capable of. This is the right time for my fiance and I to see what we can accomplish. We are planning to get married in a year. This is the year for us to put the last bricks on our foundation before we start building our marriage. I think a strong marriage is one that starts with strong individual foundations that come together during the marriage. We both need to finish building our individual foundations so that we are stronger together. While I am in Costa Rica, we will be able to have the space and time to work on ourselves while being “together”.
It’s time to test my relationships with family and friends. I have been working on my relationships with family and friends over the last few years. Some have progressed faster than others and some slower. I have already noticed a difference with those relationships, I am thrilled to see what happens over the next few months.
Finally, we have my relationship with myself. My journey of self discovery has changed so much in the last five years. It scares me more than anything in the world to see what happens within myself. I have never had space to grow in the way I would have in Costa Rica. I have never lived on my “own”. Even while at college, I had family, friends, and my fiance. It has been comfortable. Living in a country where I don’t speak the language, is something that will test me. I will have to make new friends and learn a new way of life. I know that I am capable of making this move. I know that I am strong enough to overcome the challenges. My journey of self discovery will blossom into amazing things I am only aware of energetically. I will have to mentally, physically, and socially see the amazing transformations.
Please join me on this journey. We are all in one and one in all. My personal growth affects the world around me. I have seen the affects of someone’s personal growth. When someone grows, it inspires others to do the same. I am doing this journey because I was inspired by my mother, my boyfriend, and many others I have seen grow. I am doing this work not only for me, but for you as well. I want to be an inspiration to the world. I want to be a person of change and encouragement. I want the world to be a better place.