Choosing to Bloom

I’ve been thinking a lot about “blooming where you’re planted.” By that, I suppose I mean looking for the best in all situations. I’m realizing that finding yourself anywhere in the world can be a wonderful experience or a terrible one, depending on your mindset.

Occasionally, I’ll be asked, “Why did you choose Aalborg, of all the places you could have gone in the world?” Aalborg sometimes gets a bad rap: it’s too small, there isn’t enough to do, it isn’t glamorous. My study abroad experience could have been entirely different if I had gone to Paris or London or some other adrenaline-packed, busy metropolis. Then again, I could have complained my way through a semester in any city.

A common sight.
A common sight in Aalborg.

I’ve found myself in Aalborg. I’ve found myself this sweet, simple, cozy place. Yeah, I might recognize the people who are usually on my bus route. Sure, I might get familiar with the people who work at the grocery store. The trees are finally covered in light, baby leaves and there’s lots of green grass. I have a favorite coffee shop. I’ve found myself here and now and, I’d like to think, I’ve chosen to bloom.

The spire of the Budolfi Church, seen from Algade on an overcast day.
The spire of the Budolfi Church, seen from Algade on an overcast day.

Some pictures from a trip to see the Rubjerg Knude lighthouse, which is being devoured by sand dunes:

So much wind, but amazing views
So much wind, but amazing views
In this picture Romania, the U.S., the Netherlands and Italy are represented!
In this picture Romania, the U.S., the Netherlands and Italy are represented!
Debris from old buildings that used to exist in the area scattered across the sand: proof of how destructive nature can be.
Debris from old buildings that used to exist in the area scattered across the sand: proof of how destructive nature can be.
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