I love it when you think something is going to be rubbish and you force yourself into doing it because it’s one of those “you have to do it if you’re here” scenarios, only to find that everything you experience bulldozes away any preconceptions you have had. I loved Chichen Itza! When I got there early in the morning there were hardly any tourists. I had a Wonder of the World all to myself! I was also surprised to see that there was a whole city of amazingly preserved ruins. I’m not a history nut and I’m not usually all that fussed about stones, but I have to say, Chichen Itza blew me away.
It’s made me realise that it’s hard to approach anything in life with an open mind. Something you’ve seen on TV, read about on Trip Advisor or on Lonely Planet, or through another person’s blog ultimately influences you and paints a picture of something in your mind. You develop expectations. The more you look into something, the higher your expectations become. If it doesn’t turn out to be the Monet you quite thought it would be, the world stops. This is how I am most of the time. Sometimes I can be so disappointed and feel as though the world stops for a while as I enter a period of blind panic. It happened in Tulum when I first arrived in Mexico. I plan a lot. I set myself goals, I have high expectations.
I have to change my mindset if I’m to get the best out of my experiences. Tulum gave me a quote that has stuck with me throughout my time in Mexico: “The key to happiness is letting each situation be what it is, instead of what you think it should be.” I need to keep reminding myself of these words.
Chichen Itza showed me that nothing is carved in stone – you paint your own picture while you’re there.
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