Central America | Costa Rica – Birthday
Another year gone by. Today is my birthday and Im a long way from where I was a year ago on this day. At that time, I was on a bus in Costa Rica going from Sta Teresa to Tamarindo with two surfers heading up in the same direction. They were nice enough to buy a six pack of beer on my behalf and drink them to pass the time. I was approaching the end of my five month trip in Central America and was starting to think about seeing my friends in Santa Barbara again. It was the only birthday in my life where I did not get a call from a family member, an email, or card. Considering I had no address or any way to be reached, it was just as well. It got me to thinking and realizing how important friends and family are to me, how little I actually need in the way of material possessions, how alone I felt. It hit me…what the f*&%$ was I doing on a bus with some stoners I didnt give a @#%$@# about, single, jobless, alone in the middle of no where for my 35th birthday? I had received an email from Bart Tarmon, a pastor of sorts, at that time and he asked me, what is God showing you and what have you learned? I had no answer, just more questions but the faith to know that sometimes the vessel has to be emptied completely before it can be filled again.