**Frankie doesn’t like paparazzi — therefore, please excuse his rude facial gestures**

Antigua, Guatemala is a sacred place for many reasons beyond the scope of what you’ll find on a tourist-based website. In english, ‘Antigua’ means antique. Everything that makes the town unique and worthy of being named a UNESCO World Heritage Site makes you step back in time about 500 years. Growing up, my grandparents always brought me here on Sunday’s for brunch and for as long as I can remember, I’ve marveled at the fact that the foundation of the city remains the same.

We all have a lot in common with our old friend, Antigua.

I always assumed it was the cobblestone streets and antique McDonalds that initially stole my heart. Simply staring at one of the nearby volcanos brings me tremendous joy and peace because it’s so apparent how creative God’s work is when you look around Antigua. Today, I realized that some of my personal characteristics embody the essence of what this city is truly about. We all have a lot in common with our old friend, Antigua.

Antigua takes great pride in preserving things “as they’ve always been.” Sure, maintenance is required here and there, but it’s done with ease and attention to detail because after all, maintaining the original structure and functionality of a building is of utmost importance. Who would’ve known…Ancient Towns: they’re just like us.

Ancient Towns: they’re just like us.

We may need to improve the way we react under stressful circumstances, but that doesn’t mean our entire personality is flawed. We need minor adjustments because like Antigua, our core is beautiful in its original state.

The ruins found around Antigua remind me of the different memories stored in our minds as a result of life events. Tourists and locals {myself included} marvel at what’s left of these beautifully designed structures, despite mother nature’s attempt at destroying them. The remains are more than enough for anyone’s eyesight to behold — just like distant loving memories are more than enough to make a human fight for one more breath.

Once we’re in the presence of either a Mayan ruin or loving thought, it’s impossible to not crave more simplicity.

We take these things for granted but once we’re in the presence of either a Mayan ruin or loving thought, it’s impossible to not crave more simplicity. In the end, it’s the “small things” that lead us to believe we lived a happy life.

Our foundation is perfect as is. It’s the external components that evolve with time and make attempts to chip away at our beauty. Antigua, Guatemala is constantly threatened by new construction and exploitation, but it has strategies in-place that address many of these issues. There’s not one solution that eliminates all current and future threats, but the consistent work is worth the effort in order to keep the city’s original footprint.

The important thing is we show up and have the intention to nurture the very same traits that connect us all to begin with.

As humans, there isn’t a one-stop-shop for all of our problems. The important thing is we show up and have the intention to nurture the very same traits that connect us all to begin with. We fight ego and pride by channeling more love — it has to be done if we wish to conserve who we truly are on the inside, regardless of the threats surrounding us on the outside. The similarities between the historical town of Antigua and human nature are astounding. The more I discover geographically, the more parallels I draw amongst the two. Explore historical sites nearby and watch how present day starts to feel like you’ve been there before.


Joy Pecoraro is the founder and host of The WOWW Campaign Podcast: a place where women share their stories in order to bring us closer together. On the podcast, you’ll hear inspirational interviews with various women about challenges they’ve had to overcome and the life lessons they’ve learned along the way.