I have made arrangements — purchased plane tickets, given notice at work, begun to say goodbye to friends — to leave for Costa Rica on May 31. My plan was to be there in time to explore a bit and get my bearings before beginning a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course on June 6. But yesterday morning, I received an email from the teacher training coordinator at the school where I’ll be studying, informing me that the June course is being canceled due to low enrollment. He was very kind in the email, and after explaining the situation he said that as he saw it, I had three options: I could receive a full refund, go to Colombia to take the TEFL course there (he had already contacted the coordinator there on my behalf), or enroll in the August TEFL course in Costa Rica.
When I first read the email I was taken aback and disappointed… but I quickly decided what I was going to do, and I sent a response to let the training coordinator know that I would still come on May 31 and take the August course. Because, whatever. This is a change of plans, it’s true, but it may very well turn out to be for the best. After all, now I will have two full months to explore Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama. I will be free to do whatever I want to do, whenever I want to do it, while exploring places unlike any I have known before and meeting people I would never get to know otherwise. Best of all, I will be as free as is probably possible in the world today. So, hooray.
It’s now April 29 — in 33 days I will get on a plane to begin an adventure that will change my life in more ways than I can possibly imagine at the moment. Cheers to that.