I have been getting a lot of questions lately from friends and family about how I am doing here in Ecuador after a month away.
To be truthful, I am doing great.
I am beginning to feel a wonderful sense of contentment and ease that is unlike anything I have ever experienced. My days are busy, filled with diversity and learning. The work I am doing means something, I get to read and write as much as I want. I don’t have to cook or clean or do laundry. I live cheaply and easily. I know this is not real life. But this life, however short it is, is wonderful.
I have been away before for extended periods of time, always riddled with some sort of FOMO- or “Fear of Missing Out.” I don’t have that at all this trip. Of course I miss my loved ones, and hate missing special birthdays or long weekends. But the moment of weakness always passes, and I know I have something exciting coming up as well.
I have been whittled down to my most basic self, uncomplicated happiness in its purest form. I like the “me” here. I like her no make up face, her positive attitude, her ambition, her tenacity, her spirit and drive. It’s Danielle 2.0. She’s happy. I think I will keep her around awhile.
My favorite part of the day.
My first time whitewater rafting in Banos.
My Spanish group. Learning can be fun!
thanks for the pictures Anna and Rachel 🙂