Destiny and timing.
At this point I think this journey will be very enlightening to me. This time, I will stay awhile.
Sometimes you just fall head over heels in love with a place the second you step off the plane. Vietnam did that to me and now here in Medellin.
Those were my first impressions before I even got settled into some food, conversation with a fellow traveler, and some rest.
What happened next?
It all started on a metro ride.
Coming back from a market in Medellin a few travelers and I ran across this eccentric character of a man.
He began to speak with us in English and Spanish. The conversation continued, laughs were exchanged, smiles. The moments between a few metros stops will in fact stay with me for the rest of my life.
Next thing we know this man is walking us back to our hostal, explaining things about Colombia on the way, talking of his mother along with where he used to live. He gave us advice on what to do, see, and where to go.
Fast forward. We agreed to meet him at a later time outside of our hostal to get shown around.
I can’t explain to you what happened; because I can not process the joy and energy of this man or what it meant to me and the people I was with. Especially for me at this point in my life. This man wanted our company, and for whatever reason the universe brought him to us, as well as, us to him. The first stop off was a mall where I was more than put off by all the “fast food” until I finally saw some typical Colombian food. I explained my angst towards the whole mall food deal. The fact is, as humans, we need to be more open. The food was enjoyed. There was even ice cream. For a few more hours all four of us talked, joked, and walked through the rainy streets of Medellin until my feet blistered.
Cheers to Jimmy; cheers to all the Jimmys.
The selfless helpers, guiders, and chatters. Strangers who become something so beautiful it is unexplainable with words in any language and immeasurable by any calculations.
The world could sure use more people with an enthusiastic kind of spirit such as his.
Connect with people. Reach out to people. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Showing a little joy and love to your fellow humans will never, ever, not bring yourself inner peace.
Medellin has fully captivated me with its eternal spring, kind souls, and vibrant culture.
Until we meet again, continue to be more like Jimmy. And I’ll leave you with something my mother always tells me.
“People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.”