Puerto Vallarta is full of breath-taking scenery from the lush mountain views, the cobblestone streets, and the long stretches of beach. It is a place I will never regret visiting because of its gracious charm and beauty. A place you could wander with ease, rest your weary head at night, and ready to awaken early for the perfect morning sun rise.
On this trip we were more cautious – we did not rent our own car or travel on the off beaten track. We were tourists who enjoyed the views and the refreshing feeling of salt water cooling you off after a hot day in the sun. I look at the snapshots of my children laughing, the beauty of the sunset over the bay, and the lush greenery of the tropics. It is these pictures which bring a smile to my face and sum up the perfect family vacation.
However, there are many photos that I did not take and these images stick in my mind.
The older man walking slowly across the dusty road with the weight of the world on his shoulders.
The snapshot of another man readjusting the gun in his pocket ever so quietly…
A Humvee military vehicle driving out into the countryside with fifteen soldiers in the back and an ak-47 tied to the front…
The navy battle ship zooming across the bay as the morning sun rises.
The front page of a newspaper covered with bloody images of dead bodies.
It is these snapshots which tell a very sad tale of the violence in Mexico.
A day does not go by in the news where you do not hear about the countless murders and the occasional stories of unsuspecting tourist caught in the crossfire. It is at those brief moments I wondered if the violence is escalating in Mexico? And what is in store for its future?
Only time will tell of its future and I suspect the man walking slowly with the weight on the world on his shoulders is waiting for the answers. If only he had the answers…
Is there a picture that you would not take? How does it replay in your mind?
Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/darciecameronlovesyoga