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The Days that Test Our Patience and Build Our Character

Every now and then, I find myself in situation where I’m thinking that “living the dream” feels a bit like “living a nightmare.” Certain days abroad can really test your patience. For me last Wednesday was one of those days. As you know by know the biggest source of my stress here in Costa Rica has been my transportation. As cool as it is to have an ATV, wondering whether it will start every single day is enough to make you batshit crazy.

The Adventures of Me and Rolando

The guy who you see above in that picture is Rolando. He’s the mechanic who owns this ATV. He’s a nice enough guy and honest, but I’ve become better friends with him than anybody should ever be with a mechanic. I’ve seen the guy at least half a dozen times over the last 2 months:

After all this, it turns out that I got to choose my new location and I’m  done dealing with this ATV. I told the guys I’m working with  “if you can put me at a place with WIFI that’s walking distance from a surf spot and I don’t need this stupid vehicle half my issues will be solved.” I don’t mind the 100 person town. I don’t mind the solitude. But when the fuel for my fire is denied (surfing everyday)  and my vehicle starting is a continual unknown, it’s enough to make living the dream seem like I’m not.  Oddly enough this sequence of events may result in me getting everything I wanted.  I’m now living in a new location and able to walk to my surf spot. My productivity should go up dramatically by not spending days wasting time with logistics. Days like this don’t just test our patience. They build our character. They’re a test of how far you’re willing to go in order to get what you want. There’s many people in my life who wouldn’t be able to handle the stress, the uncertainty, the unknowns.  But it’s in this territory, in those unexplored avenues the magic of life and amazing opportunities emerge. As I once said before, the payoff is worth anything you have to go through (even if means renting an ATV from a mechanic who seems like he might be drunk most of the time).

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