One thing that any traveller will tell you is that it’s important to get out of your comfort zone. And you’ve already taken the first step, by deciding to come to Costa Rica!
But the decision to come here isn’t all you need. It’s entirely possible to come to Costa Rica and have the most American experience possible. They have all of the same fast food that we do, and you can see all of the American movies you want at the theater, and, with the exception of with your family and in class, it’s entirely possible to speak English most of the time. But you shouldn’t. You should keep trying more new things while you’re here.
Some take this “new things” thing a little more seriously. (Like me.) I decided to do something crazy. I decided to go bungee jumping. It’s something I thought I would never do, but the opportunity presented itself, and I decided I needed to get out of my comfort zone. But, I know myself, and I know that jumping off of things makes me uncomfortable and that I’m not one to waste money, so to ensure that I would actually go, I signed up and paid on the same day, before I could chicken out.
Once we got there, it was very uncomfortable for me. Very. Uncomfortable. I chose to go last because I couldn’t make myself get on the platform. Once I did get on the platform, I spent 15 minutes there hanging on to the pole for dear life and saying that I didn’t want to jump. My friends were very supportive, saying things like “You wanted to do this so badly before” and “You’re already up there, you just have to jump”. What really drove me was the fact that I didn’t want to have any regrets when I left Costa Rica, and that I had already paid for it (as I knew it would).
So I jumped.
And after I jumped, I was fine. It was an incredible rush, and even more terrifying, considering there was lots of rain and lightning. I was so glad I did it. But even looking back at the photos it makes me nervous that I went at all. But honestly, the hardest part was the jump.
It’s like that with most new things. The hardest part is actually going for it, but once you do, you have a great time. I encourage all of you to jump. Even if that jump is more like a hop—trying a new food, or talking to one Tico a day in Spanish. No matter how small, a new thing is a new experience, a new point of view. So, while you’re in Costa Rica, take the jump. You won’t regret it.