Reflections | I’m back in the United States
Happy Friday everyone! It’s been a little over two weeks since I left Europe. I’ve settled back into a comfortable routine that consists of working and watching the olympics on most days. I’ve been slowly reconnecting with friends I haven’t seen in weeks and I’m starting to think about the upcoming school year. My junior year in college is coming up and I already feel the pressure to write the perfect resumé, land the right internships, and hopefully secure a bright future. I’m glad I spent my time this summer exploring a world I’ve never been to and meeting new people.
Looking back at my two month journey I can’t help but notice how much I’ve changed in such a short while. It is often said that travel changes you and it’s so true! My outlook on life has changed significantly. I was a different person two and a half months ago, I’ve learned a lot, gained new perspectives and as a result I’ve become more knowledgable and self aware.
Some of the changes I’ve undergone are quite small. Like before going to Europe I use to cringe at the though of eating plain cheese, but after spending a good six weeks in the South of France I wouldn’t think twice about consuming it, provided that it’s good cheese. The French have set the ultimate bar for me. I’ve also learned to go with the flow. There’s really no need to rush if there’s no need to rush. I found myself in the busy streets of London with a friend of mine hurrying to get to a pub to buy our food. Between the honking cars and constant stimulation I realized that we really didn’t have to be anywhere and we could just take our sweet time. I had a mini epiphany in the middle of a busy London street and it’s kind of changed my life for the better.
I’ve also learned a lot about myself and who I am as a person. For example I discovered the whole think before you talk just doesn’t work for me. I actually process my thinking through talking. Which means my sentences and my thoughts are formulated simultaneously and talking helps me processes what I’m thinking. Having a conversation helps gather my thoughts and speaking with others helps me to gain a clear perspective on a situation. Although talking is my biggest talent I’ve also learned how to listen and when to shut up. Another self observation I’ve made is that I write better in the evenings after I’ve completed my daily tasks and have nothing to distract me. I’ve learned more in the past two months than I probably have in half a lifetime and this is all from listening to others and even to myself. I find myself asking questions like what do I really want out of life and what do I need to do to get there. At the same time I’m trusting the processes. God’s timing is impeccable and I really just need to put my best foot forward and let him lead.
Looking at the weekend a head I shall find time to relax and mentally prepare for a busy work week.