I (@micpilk) have always been a seeker of the next adrenaline rush. I like to drop off cliffs on my skis, jump high while kiteboarding, climb big mountains, scramble up rocks, and work high in the rafters of arenas rigging for concerts.
This last year, between adrenaline rushes, I have been learning the art of enjoying the things that are not as "thrilling." Before this journey, I would have scoffed at snorkeling as boring. I would have opted to find something more adrenaline inducing.
But here I am, happy as can be chasing tropical looking fish (I don't like fish) through warm ocean water completely in awe of the earth we all live on.
I struggled with culture shock on my adventure south into Mexico. This is my first time in a foreign country where I don't speak the language. My first time in a county that doesn't have the day to day infrastructure and resources that I have become so accustom to. And it was hard to see, hard to experience, and hard to accept as a way of life.
It was in this moment, in the ocean with nothing more than a mask and a snorkel that I found the connection I had been searching for. I found the peace in a place that felt so chaotic. I felt connected to the earth, to the people who live in this incredible part of the world. It felt familiar.
Now on the other side of my culture shock, and settled in La Ventana, Mexico, my home for the next month, the thing I have realized is that I'm hungry for more. I'm itching to see what else the world has to offer. The hidden coves in far away places with fish unlike I've ever seen. The mountains in countries where I can't read the street signs. The windy spots in places where I don't recognize anything on the menu. I want to find the familiar things in places that feel so unfamiliar, and even uncomfortable at times.
If I haven't learned anything else on this journey, at least I have learned that if you try, you will find your way. You will find kindness and connection. And also, that the moments between the adrenaline rushes, might just be the most important and memorable of all, as it is here that the differences and adventure lie. The rest is just muscle memory.