Fool Me Twice, Shame On Me

Fool Me Twice, Shame On Me

Minutes after I took this picture two men with a knife stole my bag in front of a Virgin Mary statue on a mountain in Taganga, a small touristic and fishing town in Santa Marta, Colombia. They didn’t touch me, just took a few valuables, all replaceable. I wasn’t upset about the stuff being taken so much as how I handled it. I always imagined myself doing a throat punch, a few ninja kicks, and walking away with my stuff without a scratch when/if it happened but instead I took a look at the shine of his knife pointed at me, heard him say “blood” in Spanish, and sulked away like a dog with her tail between her legs. I wanted to fight back, but in that split second I realized I wanted my life more than I wanted to take the risk. My purpose in this world is not to punish people for their actions. Karma takes care of that.

Some pretty hard lessons were learned, but I didn’t come into this life wanting all rainbows and butterflies. I came for the excitement, for the roller coaster that is life. Yin and yang together is what allows happiness.

There is a balance in everything, including our worries.
Just a day before this happened I read a post about a girl who was robbed at knifepoint in the city I was in just days ago, Cartagena, Colombia. Following up to that were constant concerns from everyone around me to “be careful” along with too many stories about Colombian theft.Just so everyone knows that everyone knows:


but hearing about each individual account and how I should be aware of the “reality” of things has become too much. Colombia is not to blame. People make do with what they’ve got, and though I believe threatening someone’s life for your own personal gain is disgusting, I got the feeling those boys never intended to hurt anyone. They don’t have as many resources as most tourists in this area so they resort to what they know. Just two nasty boys out of a thousand warm, strong-minded, and generous people in Colombia that I have since met in my few months here.

Society often forgets that we’ve got things backwards. Your thoughts create your reality.Believe it or not, even me typing “society often forgets that we’ve got things backwards” just keeps that trend going. Every single little thought is shaping what you see before you, and if you know anything about the Law of Attraction you know that you get what you repeatedly think about. What came first, the chicken or the egg? The thoughts or the reality? Your reality doesn’t take the lead, YOU do. Whether you are aware of it or not.

They say ~14 seconds is all it takes for a thought to be thunk until the Law of Attraction responds by bringing you more of it. I can’t imagine how many 14 seconds of robberies I had to think about until it finally manifested but I do know this: our thoughts affect our entire life. I’m going to do everything in my power to stay positive and remember that our beliefs are shaping our realities r i g h t n o w. I want to mold my reality, not just accept it in defeat. That requires some serious focusing which doesn’t leave room for the negative thoughts. Those kinds of thoughts will kill you in the long run.

It is so important to have a positive attitude. Not just for your own sake, but the sake of every person on this planet, as connected as we all are. That being said, a positive attitude doesn’t always get you what you want, but that’s not the point of life is it? Or at least it’s not mine.

Nice backdrop though…

Though this whole thing sucked more than Mr. Owl and his lollipop, my life somehow took a detour for the better. I wouldn’t change a thing about a thing, though I will be do things a little differently. I was reminded of the fine line between expecting something to happen through preparation (insurance, carrying a gun with you, never going anywhere alone) and being aware that something can happen, and taking cautionary steps (leaving valuables home, learning self-defense, and keeping your thoughts positive) to lessen the burden of worry. Sometimes insurance is more to soften your stress than to recuperate your losses (thanks for that golden nugget of advice, Dad).

But alas, words tend to make for poor teachers. Most lessons simply require a first-hand experiential lesson, hence the value of mistakes. Anyway, just a friendly reminder from the girl who got robbed a couple nights ago,

~ though we can influence our future, we are gonna have a hard time if we try to control it

~ fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

~ positivity, love, & light over ALL


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