I never post here but I always come to it when I need to truly express myself. Whether it be something happy, sad, or angry, I always find myself at stage of wanting to write. So let’s wrap up my year.
2013. It was a whirlwind of events; some great and some not so great. In the past year I’ve done some amazing things. I studied abroad, visiting places I never thought I would. I taught children in Spain. I rode a camel through the sands of Morocco. I danced around with friends in the streets of Portugal. I walked the ruins of Roman cities. I also had some of the most delicious food. I also found a job right as I got back into the states. I made a lot of new friends, embarked on adventures, and laughed more than I ever have. I got reunited with my roommate and celebrated my last Orientation as a Peer Advisor. I went to concerts, shows, cultural events, and things I never thought I would do. Although there was a lot of happiness in my life, I also experienced some things that were tough. From my grandma being diagnosed with cancer to all the stress from having a really challenging academic semester, life’s hardships always found a way to me. It was not always easy but I always told myself everything was going to be okay. I’m a survivor and always will be. Same goes for my grandma. Her last chemotherapy session killed off 90% of the cancer in her body. Hope and progress. She will survive.
So now what?
On my way back to San Francisco, I was stuck at LAX. I had just finished finals and the last thing I wanted to do was spend time at the airport. Naturally, my flight got delayed. It was delayed for nearly three hours. I practically wanted to shoot myself. However, I think in the end…it was a blessing. As I got comfortable at the terminal, I saw a girl stand up digging through her backpack. I knew her. It was Stephanie. A girl I spent 9 years of my life with in my St.Brigid days. I called out her name and she looked up at me. Both our jaws dropped. We couldn’t believe it. She ran over to me and we just started laughing because we could not believe that we were together. For the next two and half hours, we chatted. We laughed and judged so hard as to how things turned out for everyone and we reminisced about the good old days. We were laughing so hard at some point, we were practically crying The whole situation was like out of a movie. We could not stop talking about the people in our lives, our accomplishments, and our goals. Seeing her made me so happy.
In reality, she inspired me. Seeing Stephanie was like a sign from God. All that reminiscing we did only made me realize what I really wanted to do with my life. It’s not that I am not proud of who I am, but I felt like talking about what I’ve done made me want to do more. It was like a revelation to do more. So with that, here are my plans. Long term, short-term, whatever. I’m going to live.
-Take more photos; not just of myself but of others, places, animals, anything I experience.
-Take the stairs; where they are available of course. I’m young. I can take the stairs. It won’t kill me.
-Vegetarian; well kind-of? I will try my best. It would be nice to know where the animal came from…and how it died. Will I even make it through Lent? Work in progress.
-London; the roommates and I have planned a trip back to Europe in the summertime for awhile. We are going to make it happen. Parents are in support of it already. France & Italy are included as well.
-Technology; less attachment to it. There are children out there dying, Patty you can survive without a new phone.
-Graduate; what a concept. kick major ass in my last semester and walk out with not one but two degrees.
-Read; recreational reading is so great. Must make more time for it. Me and every John Green book!
-South East Asia; with my friend Giselle. After graduation, we will both work and save up money for a year. Then we pack and move to South East Asia for six months…or more! There we will travel to multiple countries, teaching, exploring, volunteering, whatever. Rip Curl anyone? We will incorporate our careers into it somehow and be world travels like how we have always wanted to. Don’t worry it’s not just South East Asia…that’s just where it begins. Australia is right next door ya know…hehe. Maybe we will just make our way back to Europe. Who knows?
-Faith; let’s rekindle our love God.