My recent journey to Mexico was utterly life-changing. It effected me on a very personal level - one I'm not sure I can adequately explain, or even if I should attempt to put it in to words, but I'll try & also do my best to keep it brief.
Over muchos mezcal (the local, delicious but very strong spirit that Oaxaca is known for) Lizzee & I invited the 3 lads to join us on our planned excursion for the following day: a trip to the Arbol del Tule (the largest trunk-ed tree in the world) a village called Mitla & a swim in the Hierve el Agua mineral springs, apparently nearby. They accepted, then suggested that they actually take us. I thought riding on a stranger's motorbike through the crazy roads of Mexico sounded ridiculously death-inducing, so I flatly & adamantly refused.
We visited the ancient tree (vast, beautiful, humbling), stopped in the market of Mitla for lunch (fresh, delicious) & headed out of town following some dodgy looking signs with 'Hierve el Agua' and an arrow painted on them.
A moment of feeling completely, utterly, purely alive.
My hair was standing on end.
My heart was bursting.
That moment took my breath away.
It seemed that we were literally on top of the world, in the heart of Mexico.
There was nothing around, just wild jungle mountains disappearing off to Guatemala and the Yucatan.
We could've been the only people on the planet.
I could barely believe that I was right there, right then, in that.exact.moment.
I wanted to laugh or weep or scream... to do SOMETHING.
It was entirely overwhelming and beautiful.
Everyone else was happily chatting away, but I was very quiet. I think I was in a little bit of shock. Trying to process what had just happened inside my brain.
So friends & readers, there you have it. I am taking a sabbatical.
This has always been on the cards for me, but up until that moment it was something I was going to do at a vague point in the future. On that sunny day, on a mountain top in far-away Mexico, I realised that now was the time and to be honest, it rather took me by surprise.
This whole thing has been a lot to come to terms with, as it actually means I really have to leave - to leave Lara, leave my incredible partner, leave the business (my baby), leave my friends, leave everything I have built here... but to be with my family, to journey, to go live the heck out of life!