What a week. From enjoying to the sunny weather, to exploring, to school projects and meeting new people, I have been busy nearly every day. It has been busy in the best way possible (full of new and entertaining happenings)– but also the kind of busy that makes me step back, astonished and ask, “How is it already mid-March?” I find myself cherishing each experience because it’s all going by much too quickly.
One thing that has been on my mind: distance truly does make the heart grow fonder. In more ways than one. I wouldn’t say I miss home as a geographic location that much, but I miss the people that create the place I call home. It wouldn’t be home without the faces that I associate with home. I miss them, but being far away from loved ones has also helped be realize how lucky I am to be surrounded by unending support, encouragement and love. I have taken it for granted in the past; now I have a growing appreciation for my vast support system that my amazing parents, family, friends, boyfriend, etc. all form. I have received letters, gifts and pictures in the mail. There’s nothing quite as wonderful as coming home to find something in my mailbox and, more than once, I have teared up reading simple thoughts that the sender put in a card and sent across the ocean. There’s something so special about hand written notes. Also, whoever invented Skype deserves an award.
My heart has expanded in other ways too. The people that I have met abroad have been some of the most selfless and inspiring people I have had the privilege to encounter. I’m lucky to say that my friend family has extended across the Atlantic. I have been reassured that humans are inherently good. People all over the world want to be loved and accepted, just like I do. Yes, humans are silly and make bad decisions and fight and are messy. But they’re also looking for connections and others who will share in their human-ness. I think that’s the most important thing that we, as humans, do. We’re so much more than our superficial differences.
I’m really looking forward to the coming weeks: I’m in the process of trip-planning! I’m beginning to think I’m a hopeless addict for travel– too bad it’s a very pricey addiction. There will be more on the upcoming adventures later.