Burn the Ships!
I remember picking my family up from the airport, on July 12, 2012, almost 5 years ago. I’d arrived on an earlier flight. The kids, WERE KIDS! Sam was 9, Gabe was 11 and Cecilia was 12. If you’ve ever been to Guatemala you know that when you exit the airport you’re greeted with a sea of people, sometimes hundreds.
My wife and kids were scanning the crowd with wide eyes. A little fear and lots of excitement. This was the first time they'd set foot in Guatemala. It was so loud. People were yelling and laughing, horns were honking and dozens of people held signs with names. Our lives were about to change. Forever.
In 1519, Captain Hernán Cortés landed in Veracruz with six hundred men to begin his great conquest. Upon arrival, he gave the order to his men to burn the ships. This sent a clear message to his men: There's no turning back.
I think that’s how we felt that day at the airport. We'd sold our home and our businesses. We'd sold everything we owned except what we could fit in two suitcases each. We left family and friends and everything comfortable. “No turning back.”