Where did we come from?
In 2011, while sitting at the Claim Jumper Restaurant in Carlsbad, CA with my girlfriend Shelly, I came up with the idea for Metamorphosis Mental Health Tourism.
I wanted to launch a business accompanying depressed and stressed individuals on trips around the world. I believe that if someone who is stressed out on life, they will gain perspective on a trip to somewhere out of their familiar environment. A mental vacation where we wouldn’t have to be anywhere at any time. One that we would make adventurous, and from time to time even a little dangerous. One where we can truly leave behind the world that we are accustomed to with it’s high tech connectivity, depressing debt and domestic problems.
What would we do?
We would do it exactly as Shelly and I had done before in Central America. We are both credentialed healthcare professionals, with a psych background. Why not help people, while enabling us to travel with them as well. Metamorphosis Mental Health Tourism can help people fully understand that there is more to life than the way they are accustomed. We can educate them with the precious knowledge that there are people all over the world that are happy, doing much less with minimal resources. Teach people there is a world view out there and a larger perspective. A WORLD PERSPECTIVE. Get back to basics, and live life on a daily level.
People for 1000’s of years, up until the 1950s, were dependent on daily living and the need to provide for themselves and their family. Everyone had a place in society, and everyone worked every day to make it to the next. They didn’t plan much more than 24 hours ahead of time. This basic life strategy has been lost in our current world. So much so that we become self-absorbed and purposeless. We are now just individuals that march along to the beat of our own drums and own survival with little regard for others let alone our intuition.
How do we do it?
I feel that it is through daily living and planning we achieve a sense of purpose in a day-to-day life. I feel that we can learn by travel. If we can live every day, one day at a time… we develop a sense of self purpose. There were many times while traveling the world when we followed our intuition, be it Shelly’s or mine. We acted on it and we followed it daily. We experienced more and did far more than we would have ever hoped to do by planning the trip. Life just took us along.
This can be a reality for people who are having issues with life. Now days we are too concerned about the future, and worrying about it incessantly and un-necessarily. We need to live our life day-to-day and live every day as if we only have another day to live. What would you be doing if you knew you had one more day to live?
I would like to teach people the realizations I developed while traveling the world. I would like others to have the opportunity to go on a month to six-week mental health vacation. Whether it’s Central America, South America or Southeast Asia, the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly might transform your life as it did mine.