I don’t know if it’s hormones (PMS) or traveling alone, but something magical is happening. I have been making such beautiful connections with complete and utter strangers in the past 2 days, and the most recent meeting has left me near to tears. My driver, Sergio, who picked me up from the airport in San Jose, Costa Rica and drove me to and from my hotel (last night and earlier today)-kindred souls is what I must say. I am left here, with a deep desire to stay connected to him, hold on to him and see him again. However, I also know, deep down, that our meeting was short and was meant to be, and I do not need to hold onto seeing him again, in order for his gift to continue giving. It’s meeting like these, that happen fast and don’t last forever- but you are forever changed.
Meeting Sergio couldn’t have come at a better time, as I arrived into San Jose feeling slightly anxious about what is to come and going into my patterns and stories of not being good enough. Sergio shocked me back into life, and for that I am eternally grateful.
When I walked into the arrivals area of San Jose airport I recognised anxious stories, worrying who would drive me, what they would think of me, and if I could just relax and be fun. When I saw “Hotel Dunn Inn” on a sign, held by this man, I immediately felt a sense of warmth and excitement. There he stood, so gentle and bright eyed. “Sergio!” From the moment we met, I could tell that he was a good man with a very pure and kind heart.
When we got into the car, Sergio openly offered for me to sit in the front or the back seat- in a way that didn’t make me feel uncomfortable or uneasy at all. I happily took his offer and sat in the front seat and observed his warm smile widen from my response.
On the way to the hotel we immediately found ourselves in conversations about real issues, yoga, meditation, happiness, family and challenges in life. There was not one moment during those 35 minutes where I felt uncomfortable. When he offered to drive me to my destination today, I happily accepted.
When he greeted me at the front of my hotel- it was like seeing an old friend. In fact, I’m sure the concierge man, Ian, was quite shocked by our friendly demeanour. I, of course, jumped in the front seat- and off we went on our way. Two friends, catching up on life- in pure joy.
This time, I could sense even more comfort in our connection- as Sergio mentioned our “good vibrations” and “heart connection”. Today we talked about his daughter, Estefania, his precious grandson and his deep love for him as well as my fiancee Faris and the upcoming wedding. We even got into the discussion of American politics (and global politics) and for the first time- I enjoyed it.
All the while, I watched as Sergio generously let every car (and large trucks) in, kept his window rolled down and smiled at fellow drivers. Never once did he show any sign of anger or frustration. His voice, so light and friendly.
Suddenly, Sergio’s trust in me deepened, as he told me of an incredibly tragic accident he endured at the young age of 19, which left him completely blind in one eye. I could feel flutters inside, as I truly embraced the tragedy in his story as he told me of his hopeful trip to Columbia for a surgery that could never happen. Despite this scaring trauma, Sergio mentioned an “angel” he met in the right moment- who focused his energy on allowing what has happened to be, and to trust in god’s healing powers. He said, so gratefully, that he allowed that accident to place him in pain for that one day, and then he let it go.
It was less an 1 hour ago that Sergio and I parted ways and said goodbye for the last time. And as I sit here in my hotel room, in tears, I realise how grateful I have been to meet such a wonderful man. No, not even a just a man; a beautiful soul who I was meant to meet.
And that is why I love traveling.
And that, is why I do what I do.
We all have a story to tell. We are all strangers and we are all family. Open yourself up and allow others in. I promise you, it will change you forever.
My only wish is that I snapped a photo of his beautiful and friendly face, to share his warmth with the world. However, what I am reminded of, is that we are all reflections of each other- and I can see and feel Sergio’s energy and soul within my own. Forever.