This week, I’m in the land of luscious, Latin indulgence, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
I’ve waited all year for this trip. Actually nothing here is new, it’s my sixth visit to this resort and I know just about every nook and cranny.
Except, next door to the hotel is this crumbly, old ruin called Temple of the Scorpion. I’ve seen it a million times, taken pictures of it at sunrise and walked by it on the street. That’s about it.
Never, have I had any desire to investigate further. I’m too busy doing nothing except sunning and eating mucho guacamole and totopos!
Before I came here, I was visiting with a friend who loves to explore ruins. I said, “oh you can have all those old piles of rocks you want!”
He tsk-asked me and that was the end of that.
There’s a lot of famous piles of rocks here in Cancun. In fact, the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza are listed as one of the eight wonders of the world! Still, I’ve never wanted to visit them, even though most people who come here consider it a must.
In my mind, such things involve a long bus ride, sturdy shoes, a billion bottles of water, and a lot of other sweaty people. I’ll take another six hours at the beach, thank you.
The other night, after said six hours at the beach, on my way into the hotel, I looked up at the craggy rocks in the dusky sunlight and thought, hmmm. Why not?
I flip-flopped my way to the top of Temple of the Scorpion, which incidentally, involved very little exertion, and encountered a Mexican couple with their son, snapping pictures. I offered to take their photo and they returned the favor.
As I climbed back down again, I felt elated. Wow, OK, I tried something new. The feminine loves new. Even though we relish our routines, our patterns, our safety.
Seeing that ruin up close, climbing on its white-washed stairs, carved out and erected in something like 1015 (seriously), I thought how fun it was to try something different. Not painful at all. In fact, I flipped off my flop and luxuriated in the feel of the ancient, worn stone underneath my bare feet.
And, I got a great snap!
The feminine loves novelty. To be seen. This is why we try new things. We can do fun things!