Life is weird, but beautiful. We can experience the most excruciating pain sometimes; and at others, we can enjoy the meagre blessing that is a Caramel Machiatto. I sit in Starbucks working on this blog post with no idea where my though process is going but I know I want to talk about life and it’s simple pleasures.
This summer, I believe I was one of the luckiest people alive. I got to experience the pleasure of true Wanderlust, and fall in love with people and things alike beyond my wildest imagination. I got to live a different story in different cities as a different me. Wether it was the buzz of the city that my soul and curly strands danced to, or the whisper of the forest my feet followed, I was content. I was content because at this present stage in my life I have realized what is most important to me: happiness.
I put my personal comfort beneath the call of happiness, beneath the call to love and to show love for others. I lugged around a heavy suitcase that weighted over 60 pounds to multiple destinations-mainly because I’m a shopaholic, but also because when adventure called I couldn’t afford to leave a piece of me behind. I learned to laugh, and to be. I learned to lunge into the future regardless of wether I had a specific plan or not. I learned that rodents are a common sight on the subways in New York City, and getting lost in the culture of a city filled with life with your best friend is all you need somedays.
I learned that life is not as serious as we take it to be, and everything will work out for my good even if its costs me about $300 and a new plane ticket (lol). Even if it cost me three hours on a coach with no idea how to get back “home” when I arrived at my destination; even if it cost me a lot of money at the mercy of Ubers, and breathless moments of laughter with the people I hold close to my heart.
I have lived true love. Love not just for people, but for places. Each city with it’s own tune, and each suburb with its own voice; each equally beautiful.
I have grown in the habit of cultivating knowledge, of treating my heart as fertile ground for the beautiful words and art of others to find a home. I have grown in my appreciation of the arts, not seeing these amazingly creative individuals as less intelligent but equally as beneficial to the society.
Overall, it’s been one of the most amazing learning experiences. And if you ever have the chance to wander ( even just exploring new parts of your city) you should totally do it!
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
– Phillipians 4:12.
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