What has my month abroad taught me?
Today I started my last week in New York. The first two weeks felt like six months, while the past week seemed to fly by in a day. I wish I could stop time for a little bit. This trip has been a lifechanging adventure and I don’t want it to be over just yet. I’ve learnt so much about myself and so many things have fallen into place in my mind. It seems so cliché to say that I had to travel far to find a way into my within, but that’s truly what happened this time. So, what are the biggest thoughts I’ll be taking home with me from this month?
FOLLOWING YOUR INTUITION AND PASSION IS A MUST
I’ve always know this but haven’t had the courage to execute it to it’s fullest. Following your intuition and passion is so damn scary sometimes! But when you do it, it gives you the most satisfying feelings of success. You feel bubbly inside for doing the things that make your soul blossom. It feels like your heart jumps up to dance and even the darkest corner of your mind gets a peek of light. You start living a life that truly looks like you. The meaning of this trip in that sense is impossible to describe in words. I feel so alive for the first time in a long time. The world has gained so many new colors here.
The original purpose of my trip was to write a book. How is that going? I have to admit that my book will not be finished when I return to Finland. I’ll have to continue writing it during the summer. But I’m happy about where I am with it. I’ve had a great start, planned out the plot and I know now how I will continue the writing process. One of my friends sent me a link to a writing contest that I’ll be applying to with my book. The deadline is in March, so I have plenty of time to finalize my book.
BALANCE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN I HAD REALIZED
It’s very trendy to try to find balance in your life nowadays. I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing. When you live a life that’s balanced with your values, you start gaining a whole new type of energy into it. When your mind and body are balanced, there is more energy to be curious about what’s happening around you. That’s when you start to see new opportunities that can change your life.
I don’t believe in coincidence. I think our mind takes in what it’s ready to at each moment. If our mind is very unbalanced, there is no room for new ideas and inspiration. There’s no room to see outside your own bubble or be open to new things in life. I’ve felt so much more in balance here – maybe because a lot of things have fallen into place in my mind when I’ve had some distance and new perspectives to life. I want to pursue this journey towards balance. That will be the road to more curiosity, adventure and dreams, which I need in my life right now.
TRUE FRIENDSHIP IS GREATER THAN GOLD
I’ve known Emily for twenty years. She’s my oldest friend and sister, even if we’re not related by blood. We have the most unique bond that was formed when we were eight, with no mutual language. We live on different continents, so we don’t get to see each other that often, but when we do, it feels like things just fall into place and we continue from where we left off. Almost as if the other person had always been right there. I’m so thankful that I have a person like her in my life.
This trip has been good for our friendship and both of us as individuals. We’ve had so many conversations about life: long walks, sitting on rocks at the beach looking at the horizon, tea, wine, tears, giggles – so many feelings all at once! We’ve talked about devastating losses, cherished memories and cursed the unfairness of life. We’ve painted beautiful visions about our futures, our dreams and our hopes. We’ve tried to figure out who the heck we are, what we want from life and how we could get to where we want to be. It’s so comforting to just be yourself in front of someone – with all your insecurities, weaknesses and faults. True friendship is something you should truly cherish.
I don’t want to think about the fact that my trip will be over soon, because I do in fact have another week left. Anything can happen in a week, so I will try to take the most out of it!
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