Our 6-Month Mark!
I’ve had to double check the math a few times just to make sure it was accurate because it just doesn’t seem like we’ve been gone for 6 months already. Partly because this lifestyle feels so natural to us that the transition has been surprisingly easy.
As you probably know we began our new lifestyle (can’t really call this a “trip”) with Cozumel, Mexico. We loved it there, and Tigger showed amazing flexibility adjusting to life in an undeveloped country where most people don’t speak the language he knows. It was also where he showed an absolutely stunning relationship with water. For a kid who had been raised his whole life in a landlocked state, he’s phenomenal in the water.
So far we’ve experienced 5 foreign countries, and some of them more than once. Our 6th month finds us still on the small Honduran island in the Caribbean. We’ve been able to leave Utila a few times to explore other parts of Honduras and have also returned to Guatemala once so far. Our intro to Honduras was a bit rocky, and it’s also been a place of some continued transition, but Honduras and I have a better understanding of each other now. So much so that I can honestly say I have a great affection for it.
My favorite question we’re asked remains: “So how long will you be in Honduras?” Like any facet of our journey the answer is always “I have no idea.” More so here since I became a scuba instructor and wish to stay on the island to gain more experience before leaving. At the very least the plan is to be here until April. I imagine we will stay beyond that, though. We have no schedule so it really doesn’t matter how long we stay here. We love our little island, and we recently moved into a very tiny home that we are quite fond of as well. So we are absolutely in no rush, even though occasionally we both get a significant itch to leave Honduras and continue with exploring the world.
We have been able to meet some absolutely wonderful people on our travels, including some fellow bloggers. Erica & Shaun of OverYonderlust.com stayed on Utila, and in our small apartment, for long enough that they have become like extended family. We recently met a young man during our travel back to the island from a trip who has been here for almost a month doing volunteer work, and we’ve kind of adopted him as well. We continue to see that the world is full of amazing, caring people.
Tigger has grown in more ways than one and is quite popular on the island. Mostly because he climbs almost everything and is more charming than a politician. He’s instantly recognizable since he’s pretty much the only person who walks around wearing only shorts. During our last trip off the island some people saw him wearing shoes & a shirt and instantly figured we must be leaving. Among divers I’m known as Talon, but everywhere else I go it’s “Oh, you’re [Tigger’s] dad!” Celebrity by proxy.
I find myself reflecting daily on how wonderful my life is. And then there are the moments when we’re talking, and Tigger shares a memory from one of the countries we’ve visited, or compares something to another location, and I smile and think “Yep, this is why we’re doing this.” I wanted my son to grow up with a deeper connection to the world, to be a global citizen. So far I think it’s pretty easy to say that mission is definitely being accomplished.
While it was a bit hard to leave the security of a good job, close friends, and familiar surroundings, I am reminded daily that this really was one of the absolute best decisions of my life. A half year into it I’m still loving it. I think that bodes well for the future. I look forward to writing about our 1st anniversary, but even more I look forward to living it. We definitely are living without regrets, and it’s freakin’ awesome!