Sara Rovira

Life’s not a plan.

I am so grateful for 2018. It’s been an epic year full of trips, new friends and love. I feel that I accomplished some vital experiences, like spending 5 months in Costa Rica and trying to settle down in Mallorca.

For years I’ve wanted to live in Mallorca. I had some good rational reasons for that, all I needed was to try luck there. So the last October, I packed my stuff, I drove to the Port de Barcelona and I made it to Palma de Mallorca. I was that optimistic about my new life in the island that I even took with me all my summer clothes.

During my weeks in Mallorca I felt that something was going wrong but I tried to be patient. After 2 months, I was counting the hours to get out of there. I don’t want to blame the island: the point for me here is how, in just 2 months, my mind changed from “I want to live in Mallorca for the rest of my life” to “Get me the f*** off of here!”.

Of course, I felt kind of sad for a few days (and quite lost) when I decided I wasn’t going back. My plans for 2019, 2020, 2021,… were gone. It’s interesting how our minds jump easily into fake defeat feelings: “did I lose my time in Mallorca? did I over-expect living there?”

I don’t like negative thoughts and feelings but as long as they are temporary they help overcome situations and get conclusions instead. They say you can’t control everything that happens but you can change how you see things. The truth is that, in my life, every time I thought I was losing time (or losing some thing), I was actually learning (or gaining novelties). Positivity always let me thinking creatively again and set new goals.

Although a large percentage of my reasons to move there are emotional, why don’t try luck in Costa Rica? I already tried the rational option and it didn’t work. And the whole time I spent in Costa Rica I was telling myself (and everybody else lol) that someday I will have a land and a bunch of animals. So, why not?

This whole situation reminded me some stuff that I want to keep in my mind for the rest of the year:

  • Life is not a plan. Is more about being flexible and improvise.
  • There’s nothing you can take for sure. 
  • Over-expecting never helps.