The Alumni Trip to Mexico was a success. It was something I had been looking forward to for months. Each day would be an adventure ⎼ a chance to see something new and experience a new culture. All the planning and preparation was about to unfold before me. I thought I had covered all my bases. But there isn’t enough preparation in the world that can stop you from succumbing to an illness.
On the second day of the trip, I started not feeling well. I dismissed it. I chalked it up to the air quality or allergies. But on the third day, I started having the chills. I had a fever, aches, sore throat. But what could I do? Curl up in my hotel room and close the door? No. So, I went to the doctor and pushed through.
Do you ever think you can’t do something? That it’s too hard, too difficult, or you are not capable? Well, I did everything on the itinerary. I felt and looked awful, but I was determined. I was the group leader.
In La Paz, we went hiking, swam with whale sharks, and jumped into the Sea of Cortez to swim with sea lions. Then we landed in Mexico City, where we made our way to Teotihuacán, 7,000 feet above sea level. I climbed the Pyramid of the Sun and Moon. Trekked more than 7 miles each day.
Everyone kept saying, “Jessica you should rest, or Jessica how are you doing this?” And I don’t know. I guess I just dug deep and pulled on my desire and strength to endure. We are stronger than we think. Sometimes, even when you feel like laying down and giving up, when you feel like you can’t go on, you just have to keep on moving.
So, when life throws you a curve ball, when you encounter an obstacle, or something seems too challenging, rather than allowing yourself to be defeated, look at it as an opportunity. You can do anything you set your mind to, of that I am sure.
I am ready for a day of relaxation and wellness after the trek to Mexico. I plan to go beyond by connecting with self. Join the alumni & wellness team in NYC for a day of wellness!