So many feelings whirring around in my head right now. I’m sitting at my gate in Washington Dulles Airport awaiting my connection flight to Panama and then onward to Peru. Tonight, I sleep in a hostel in Lima with 5 strangers. And that’s assuming I manage to get myself there via taxi…alone. There’s no friendly, familiar face waiting for me on the other side of this 9 hour flight into the unknown. It’s scary. I’m scared. I am quite literally boarding a plane with a final destination that may be called Lima, Peru but is actually the heart of my fears.
But this is what i decided to do way back at the start of the year. I wanted to challenge myself in a way I never have. It’s reassuring to know I’m not the first solo female to embark on such a journey to Peru. Many have gone before me and it is in their stories that I lean for courage. Without them, I’m not sure id be crazy enough to be sitting here right now.
While I am scared shitless about how all of this is supposed to come together once I land, I’m also very, very excited. This is my dream. And I’m making it happen. There’s a vibrant culture, landscape, and people yet to meet on the other end of this flight. And I get to dive into it all for 11 days with enough of an open-ended itinerary to allow the currents to take me with them.
I think part of the adventure is having no plans and being open to the opportunities that pop up in ways you could have never foreseen. So, that is what I am trying to do. Beyond some flights to Cusco and Arequipa and a ticket to Machu Picchu, I’m excited to see where each moment takes me, who it introduces me to, and to experience all of the magic that is life when you’re fully in the moment.
Last night, while I was borderline hyperventilating every time I let my thoughts wander to how scary this all is, my sister, Jenny, told me to think “I’ve got this.” So, as it’s now 30 minutes to boarding and beginning this sure-to-be eye-opening adventure, those are the words on endless repeat in my mind. I’ve got this. See you on the other side 🙂