In my previous post, I discussed how I lost all of my belongings in Mexico. Once I realized all my stuff was gone, I had gone back to my host family’s house and fell asleep. When I woke up, I decided to make a plan. The next day, I was going to get new passport pictures, print out secondary forms of ID, and see if Paula would spot me the money for an emergency passport. Then, I would just hop on my original flight back to the states.
After planning how I was going to get myself out of the situation, it was time to tell my parents and host family. My mom didn’t believe me at first, and then told me I was on my own. She was utterly fed up with my mistakes, and had every right to be. Next, to my surprise, my host family was accepting and understanding of the situation.
I had told everyone what happened, and decided to go spend the rest of the day in my room before going to town with Paula that night. While I was sitting in my room, my mom randomly texted me telling me she knew where my things were. It turned out she had woken up in the middle of the night and tracked me on find my friends, screenshotting my location because it was near a hospital.
The next day, I went to get my emergency passport and came to find that they wouldn’t be issuing them until August 20th. Now, I had to go to a tourist center in the marina, get a document to travel to Tijuana, get a passport in Tijuana, walk across the border, then catch a train back to Orange. As the days progressed, I prepared for my travels. It wasn’t until Tuesday night, the night before I left, that my mom called and told me the consulate would be closed when I flew into Tijuana. The new plan was to fly to Tijuana, spend the night there, get my passport in the morning, walk across the border, and catch a train back home. It was going to be quite the adventure.
The lessons I learned from these few days were:
Mentality is everything.
I am stronger than I thought.
It was worth it to me to sacrifice the self-destructive idea of “fun” in order to get myself together, be poised, and be proud of who I am and what I do.
I have summarized the second part here, but if you would like to hear more you can listen the corresponding podcast episode below!