In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Take a Chance on Me.”
The 3 C’s of life: choices, chances and changes. You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change. Unknown~
The first time I read this quote I remember thinking that I was a living example of these words. I had made a choice, to take a chance and move to a new country, and change what was wrong with my life situation. It was a very sudden choice that I didn’t really contemplate like you would think I should, and it has worked out well for me. I really didn’t think a lot about what it would entail. I am sure most people think I was crazy to move to a foreign country without knowing the language, nor the culture, but I did it. I am loving life here in Colombia 4 1/2 years later. It is a life many strive to achieve but never actually do what they need to do to get there. I think desperation drove me to a place that made taking chances not so alarming as they normally would be. I was sad, hurt, and misunderstood by many people. Gossip and innuendo followed me and there came a point that I just wanted to escape the hell I was living in. So I picked up and moved after I visited beautiful Colombia.
It has been a journey. I have had incredibly wonderful moments, frustrating moments, and learning curves. I am a firm believer in living in the now. I am still struggling with Spanish. It is not so easy to learn a new language. I can comprehend most conversations now, I can watch a movie in Spanish and understand, but I still struggle daily with my verbal communication. Some days I can talk away like it is my second language, other days I struggle. I have always been a confident person, but speaking Spanish has made me timid. I realize it is a real feat to speak more than one language and I appreciate all who do. I also have learned to live simply. I am a minimalist. I do not have anything in my life I do not need. What a nice change that has become for me. I no longer shop unless I need something. My Villa is not cluttered. I no longer want a lot of clothes, jewelry, nor items to decorate that have no purpose. I just want simplicity in my life. I look to nature and my animals to find the love I used to seek while collecting a closet full of clothes, a jewelry box full of jewels, and a house full of the latest trends. Nothing is trendy about my house. It is classic. I think of myself as classic too. I seek no-ones approval.
So now I continue on this incredible journey that happened so quickly with the opening of my Bed and Breakfast. It is a new exploration in entrepreneurship for me. I was always the employee and I am now the owner. I enjoy this odyssey I am on. I believe it will work out. However, I know life is one day at a time, there is never a guarantee. I struggle with that. I WANT a guarantee, but after I lost my daughter to tragedy I realize that this is just not possible. So I will keep on writing about my journey and hopefully when the reality of old age overtakes me I will have established a legacy that will show my commitment to an exploration of new beginnings.
11 thoughts on “Choices, Chances, Changes. I Did It. You Can Too.”
I WISH I HAD YOUR COURAGE YEARS AGO. TO LATE A MY AGE.
You can always enjoy my blogs for the adventure Granny. Hugs!
Michelle, you ate Awesome! I enjoy reading your messages!
Thank you Rosemary. I appreciate your kind words so much. xo
You are an incredible and courageous woman! What an amazing life story you have.
Yes I have made a plus out of a minus as my mother used to say. I am living a courageous life, but a peace life too. Thank you!
This blog post is a happy one ! one can feel your happiness and positive energy radiating here! Wish you all the luck! Stay happy! 🙂
Thank you so much!
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Such an inspiration to me and am sure others who are teetering on the brink of taking an adventure of there own.When I get those panic moments I re read your blogs and they give me the strength to keep moving forwards.Your writings help many people and I sincerely admire your guts.
Thank you Mary…it is always an adventure.