Photo Credit: Courtesy of Darrell Young
The Black Expat Mexico: 'I Needed To Relocate To Help Heal Myself'
Harlem native and personal training professional Darrell Young, was inspired to visit Tulum for the first time in March after seeing a friend post the serene scenery everyday. To Darrell it seemed like a magical place, and the perfect destination for someone seeking spiritual growth.
So, he decided to see for himself.
“Essentially it took a friend to touch down first, before I was persuaded to visit,” Darrell told Travel Noire. “There were a lot of challenges happening back home, and I decided it was best for me to step away. I knew I needed to separate myself in order to elevate. My family needs me to be a source of light, so relocating allowed me to think and experience things differently, so that I could help heal myself.”
Feeling like he had already experienced a lot living in the States, it was now time to live out his purpose, internationally.
Since relocating he shares that life has changed for the better. He is now able to grow and balance, without judgment. He feels better mentally, physically, emotionally, and even spiritually. He has also shifted to a plant-based lifestyle.
“It’s one of the toughest things to do when you’re traveling on your own. Mentally, I’ve grown to a capacity where I needed to be for soul-growth, away from everything that clouded my mind.”
He notes that spiritual and mental growth are needed to ultimately get the physical in line. While he has always lived a fit lifestyle, this new lifestyle has truly shown him just how amazing the human body can be. He is also in the process of re-launching as a strength and wellness coach in the Tulum area, and his website goes live on Dec. 28.
Darrell sees himself staying in the area until at least spring 2021. He feels safer despite people saying negative things about those heading to Tulum, and he is pleased with the growth has been able to make.
“Folks will always have their opinions,” he explained. “I feel safe, respected and honored to be here in Mexico. Back home, I’m not sure if I could have been in this place of growth I’m currently in. America has shown its lack of value in men of color since the beginning of time, and lately it feels threatening to be who I was born to be.”
To catch more of Darrell’s new journey, you can follow him on Instagram at: @CoachGetRight. To tap into his health and wellness services, you can visit his website (starting Dec. 28): www.Get-Right-Movement.com.