Today marks the one year anniversary of my arrival in Europe. One year ago today, my greatest dream came true.
I spent so many years saying “I want to go to Europe someday, but I can’t right now…” There were too many people I talked to who were stuck in a rut like me, thinking inside the box. They encouraged my stagnation for years and years - not intentionally, of course. Yet there were a few who told me that all I have to do is “make it happen.” I remember getting so frustrated with them - they didn’t understand?! I just couldn’t, I had to work, I had commitments, blah, blah, blah, etc. But I willingly admit they were right. They were soooo right. I just had to make it happen. What about the commitment to my heart, my soul, my aspirations, my dreams, my desires?! On the scales of justice, I say that far outweighs the excuses and road blocks.
If you’re out there and you just so happen to be lucky enough to know what your dream is… just make it happen. I encourage you, I support you, I will help you! Use your resources and make connections. In this very intangible way, I am telling you that you can make it happen. And if you put your hands on it once, you can do it again.
Not a day, not an hour goes by that I don’t think about how the time I spent traveling abroad last year has enriched my life. I am so fortunate and thankful for that experience and, as always, the people who touched my life as a result…
Donatello, Sonia, Ana Chiara, Viola, Andrea, Claudia, Alex, Doris, Gerhard, Christian, Katia, Arnaud, Madjid, Kerry, Tamara, Jan, Avery, Sally, Emily, Ali, and Steve. Hello to you out there! I hope you’re well and well-fed!
“I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.”—The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath (via story-dj)