An open heart in Mexico
Jumping off the edge of a boat, going down into the water like a cannonball. Feeling the warm, salty water flowing around your body. Going up, and taking a deep breath as you rise into the surface, you open your eyes and notice the beautiful turquoise water, glimmering with the sun’s rays. A far, you see the hotel building along the shore, and 180º degrees around, the extraordinary greatness of the ocean. Suddenly, the sun shines energetically on your face. You open your eyes, the sun shines still on your face from the window of the airplane. You look below, and everything to be seen is green arriving Cancun. A vivacious dominant jungle, and seconds later, the airport. As you exit the plane, a warm, humid breeze hits you suddenly opening your pores to an extraordinary adventure. It’s the beginning of an exquisite experience. An experience that will open all your senses, and all there is left, is to give in to the luring ambiance. The streets are surrounded by an exciting jungle amongst a lake. As you arrive the majestic hotel, and leave to the back part, where so many eccentric dreams lie, your subconscious whispers into your ears “this is it.” The breeze blow into your pores once more, the palm trees gently move, the waves shake with excitement and the sand slides in between your toes, a moment tear-worthy. Your eyes transfigure, as they watch the white sand contrasting the beginning of a sunset, giving its last rays to the clear sky that gives a warm color to the immense miles of water. Celestial.
I know it for sure, I’ve been there. It was a beautiful 12th of June of the year 2014. I sat on a bench and contemplated the pure sand below my feet. I held in in my and took the fresh scent into my nose. It was a purifying afternoon. I got detoxified, all my worries were in the past. I stood up, closed my eyes and heard the calm waves of the ocean. I thought about my parent’s divorce, the social rejection, fake relationships my father’s death and my last heartbreak. For the first time I didn’t cry. I opened my eyes and looked up into the sky, with a comforting smile. “Thank you, God”. For in that moment I knew I was strong and I had been tested, and most importantly, my reward was here. Being there, made me feel emotionally strong and I let go of so many feeling I had been ignoring for years. That night, my insomnia went away for the first time in months. I fell in a deep sleep a couple of seconds after my head touched the pillow. I woke up in the best mood. Later that morning, I ate breakfast on the balcony of the Hotel’s Restaurant. I watched the ocean again but this time with thankfulness. I saw some children running along the shore, yelling and laughing. I bet myself I felt just as unconcerned as they did.
The next day I traveled to the most magical place in my memory: Xcaret. Everything was covered with a revitalizing green. I was in the middle of the most beautiful scenery I had ever seen. My eyes looked everywhere, amazed with a feeling of belonging. I walked through a stone lane admiring the splendid rivers with big turtles swimming around. I walked on and on and got to the shore. My jaw dropped in astonishment, I froze for a moment and discovered the place where I wished to stay the rest of my life in. I gazed at the huge rocks below and the sand below the tall palm trees, I opened my eyes even more, and saw the gorgeous, transparent water sparkling and the soft waves calling me in. I went in and drowned all my worries in the ocean, who took them to a place never to be found. I opened my eyes and a couple of tears fell out.
Days will pass, months, years, even decades, but that one moment of peace will remain forever, a moment worth living for, a moment of life and freedom which many search, but only the open hearted obtain.
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