It is only January 30 and I can say with certainty that it is already the most exciting year of my life. I quit my job and gave up financial stability, I am leaving the house where I happily live with my parents (and Pipo the dog) and will be without a car soon – when someone buys it.
Today I want to share with you the reason why I am leaving Guatemala and will go traveling for a while.
It all started on a Sunday afternoon a year and a half ago, laying in my bed watching TV after coming home at 3 AM from a party with my friends, when I thought to myself “well, I guess things are going pretty well.”
- I have a great job
- I have an amazing family
- I have lots of good friends
- I’m having lots of fun
Then, why do I feel so miserable? I should be feeling on top of the world, which I certainly do not. Isn’t there something more to life than this? At that moment, I realized that having more of the things just described would not make me feel any better and that I wanted to search and find something bigger than myself.
A little background on me: I have always thought of myself as being special. It is a stuck-up way of describing oneself and you may have your own opinion about it, but it does not make it any less true.
Things have always gone my way. I always passed grades at school without ever studying, I never got caught doing bad things (even though I should’ve), and life somehow always seems to shine on me. I always thought there were only two possibilities for this happening:
- I was having a very statistical one-in-a-million luck going on. Or I deserved everything that happens because I am smart and hard-working and was always in the right place at the right time.
- I was having a little help from “someone” who looked after me, for some mysterious reason.
Although raised Catholic, I was never one to go to church much. I went to mass when someone died or got married, but that was it. I always knew that God existed, but it was an abstract word, something so far away that could not be understood. I thought of Him as a mean old man with a white beard that would instantly judge you if you did something wrong.
Here comes the turning point.
About 9 months ago at an entrepreneurship event at University Francisco Marroquin, I met someone (who is now my good friend and mentor) with a particularly great faith. He gave a talk about building successful companies and shared with us his story, which is nothing short of amazing. What surprised me was that at the end of his talk, he acknowledged God as the provider of everything he had in his life. I was intrigued, and after the talk was over I approached him and asked everything I could about it.
We talked for some 20 minutes, and he told me that if I wanted, he could teach me how to find God in my life, and how to live in a supernatural way, the way he does. Needless to say, I was in.
I am not going to dwell too much on specifics right now as it would take more than a blog post to explain but feel free to write me if you want to know more about how I did it or how it happened.
About purpose and meaning.
First of all, I discovered that God is way different than I originally thought. I accepted Him into my life as a loving father and loyal friend, that wants the best for you and understands you completely. My life has since improved dramatically in lots of different ways, all for the better. Though I have learned about several different topics, today I will focus on purpose and direction in one’s life.
There are basically only two scenarios in which you can let God guide you throughout your life:
The first scenario is when you ask God to help you in your own stuff. A lawyer, for example, may ask God for help in an important case, or ask Him for more clients, or for help in a particular problem. This scenario is wanting God’s steps, in your own path (a path that the lawyer created for himself, because #yolo). There’s an incognito here. What if the purpose of that lawyer was to be a professor? How would his life have been different?
The second scenario (the one I have decided to take) is to find and follow God´s unique path for me. I am going to do the opposite of the example of the lawyer. I want to take my own steps, in God’s path.
I believe that when we are doing what we are supposed to do and are walking in His paths, things go better, faster, and more blessed. When you are doing the right thing for the right reason, everything falls into place. The doors open, and every obstacle can be overcome.
Taking a leap of faith.
It wasn´t easy to admit to myself that I wasn’t where I needed to be (as a side note, please know that “where” is not a location, since I believe that God can be found anywhere, anytime). It was even tougher to make the decision to leave in search for my purpose. However, I understand that is what faith is all about.
So, what is my purpose, my pre-determined path?
No idea 😅, but I am determined to find out. If I have an opinion on the matter, I’d like something having to do with robotics, DNA, space or something cool like that, – something that causes a huge impact – but I will leave that to Him. Whatever it will be, I am sure it will shake my heart and stir my soul, because I know His purpose for my life is way bigger than any purpose that I can find for myself. There are too many mediocre things in life, and this will not be one of them.
I am extremely thankful to lots of people for supporting me in this new phase, including my family, friends and partners (and specially an amazing business co-founder, to whom I am leaving the company we founded together, with great confidence). I love you all and will be forever grateful.
Where am I going to go?
I will travel to The Netherlands on February 13th, just in time to spend Valentine´s Day with my girlfriend. I want to get to know her country, and we will spend some days in Paris.
Afterwards, we will go to Manila and take a small airplane to an island in The Philippines, called Palawan. This island is not a random choice; we are somehow being drawn to that place.
Where are we going to live? What are we going to eat? Is there even Internet over there? Well, I think that doesn’t really matter at this point. Whether I find my purpose in a week or in five years it’s the same, I have Faith, and I have patience.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Maybe you are in a similar position as I was, where you think that everything is just “OK” and you have everything your heart wants💰🚗💁. Let me tell you that it is actually pretty simple to find God. That you can find your purpose. That you too can go (if you want) to live on an island.
What’s next for me?
I will post in this blog about several topics I’d like to explore over the next weeks. As the title of my blog suggests it will be focused on entrepreneurship and exploring new business ideas, finding my purpose in this world, and adventures I may find myself in while traveling. I will be back soon anyways, – since I am sure I will miss my mom, my beans, and my chiltepe.
Want to follow my journey?