All Kinds of News for December 05, 2018
Emily was extremely bright, you could call her an academic high achiever. Yet, she barely graduated high school. She was only able to graduate because her parents stepped in at the last minute and held her feet to the fire. Even the process for choosing a college and taking the necessary steps for acceptance and enrollment often landed at the feet of her parents because Emily was too paralyzed by fear.
Her parents were desperate to escape the pattern of picking up the pieces of Emily’s lack of follow through and responsibility. They wanted her to be at the helm of her own life, asking for help when needed. They could see that she was not equipped with the skills needed to face the challenges and adversities of college and adult life.
With encouragement from her parents and the help of trusted professionals, Emily discovered Pure Life Adventure, a therapeutic program in Costa Rica specifically for young adults. Emily decided to take some time, before starting college, to prepare herself and to discover what she wanted to do with her life.
Once at Pure Life, Emily realized that she was not the only young adult who struggled with the transition from high school to college. Meeting her group mates, she learned that many young adults need more time to develop confidence and self-worth. Emily realized that Pure Life could support her as she developed the emotional strength to withstand the trials of college life. By participating in the various adventure activities, she started to explore her own core beliefs and identity. She learned that, while she loved white water rafting, she also loved engaging with local Costa Rican people and their families. This re-sparked her passion for connecting with people and helping them.
Emily wrote to her parents about being tired and frustrated by hiking through a rainstorm, but then loving the feeling of accomplishment at the end of the hike. She wrote about a misunderstanding with a peer and what she did to navigate through. Her parents learned ways they could support Emily and where they could put the responsibility back on her. Emily was developing the capability to handle adult challenges on her own, such as advocating when she needed support, using skills to manage anxiety, and giving and receiving feedback.
At the end of her stay at Pure Life, Emily was excited to move on to the next stage of her gap year. She was able to look at the world around her, excited by the possibilities that awaited her. Emily’s parents could recognize the confidence she now possessed and were excited for her future. When Emily talked about her new daily routine, waking up and setting goals for each day, her parents were encouraged by her ability to follow through and her honesty when she did not quite reach a goal. They were also relieved to see that many of the symptoms of anxiety and depression were controlled, helping alleviate some of their own fears as well. She was now a purposeful and confident young woman, standing at the helm of her life, ready to tackle the storms on the horizon.
About Pure Life Adventure
Pure Life Adventure is located in the Central Pacific region of beautiful Costa Rica. Relying on decades of experience in the Costa Rican outdoor industry, the bicultural team provides a therapeutically sophisticated and holistic approach to helping young adults with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, lack of motivation, executive function deficits, trauma and substance abuse. The students are individuals with very real challenges looking for lasting change. Pure Life utilizes traditional individual and group therapy in combination with outdoor experiential learning and adventure. The Pure Life integrated and dynamic approach includes an emphasis on fitness, mindfulness, life skills and cultural immersion.