As I sit here on the bus to the Punta Arenas airport, typing this post into the notes on my phone, I can’t wipe the huge stupid grin off of my face. I’ve just had one of those weekends that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. (I’m also listening to a really awesome oldies cover playlist- so I’m feeling extra emotional.)
I came all the way down to Patagonia with my roomie, Kaitlyn, to retrieve her work visa- a really long and complicated story for another day. Long story short- instead of waiting for almost half-a-year to get her visa sent up north, she found a cheap flight down and decided to just go and get it.
Well, Southern Chile just happens to be my happy place. So, even if I had just been all the way down to Patagonia just a few months before, I couldn’t resist tagging along. And so we booked our flights, packed our bags and went.
Everyone said we were crazy. Making the trip all the way down to the end of the Earth for only 2 days. A 4-hour flight, 3-hour bus ride and 2-hour drive, and all for an 8-hour hike in a park that we’d both already done …. twice … HUH?!
But as we neared Torres del Paine National Park, the sun rising over the mountains behind us, one cloud after another lighting up our path in a pale shade of neon pink- I knew, if only for this moment, the whole trip down was worth it.
Visiting a place like Patagonia changes you. It confuses you and makes you think clearly all at once. You instantly realize how incredible life can be. How small we all are in the grand scheme of things. You know afterward that if you are open to beauty and seek it without holding back, that you’ll never stop being amazed.
Places like Patagonia ignite your soul.
I’d been getting way too caught up in life lately. Taking too many things too seriously, stressing myself out and not thinking anything I was doing was enough. Living abroad isn’t always easy. I was feeling lonely and homesick, worn out and on the verge of a major breakdown.
Coming down to Patagonia, if only for these 2 short days reminded me that none of those superficial day-to-day problems really matter. I remembered what it was like to truly disconnect, embrace my surroundings and just let go.
I only have this one life to live. It may be short, but it will be beautiful. I plan to do, see and facilitate amazing things.
Patagonia broke me down, turned me inside out and made me reevaluate. It ruined me.
And then it saved me.
Welcome to Wanderful Wednesdays!
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