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