what i know to be true
Hi friends. It’s been quite some time since we last spoke. Apologies, one year in the blogging game and I still haven’t quite mastered it. It’s particularly harder for me to keep up when I’m travelling, and I’ve been travelling quite a bit recently [no complaints from me!] I have to say, sitting down to write does feel familiar [in a good way]. I’ve definitely missed it. And I’m excited to get back to it as my travels have slowed down [well, at least for the short term].
For those of you who have been following along on Instagram [if you don’t already, cash me on IG, how bout dah] you know that I recently got back from a trip to Russia (yes, you read that correctly), Greece, and Portugal. Truthfully, I’ve spent countless moments trying to articulate what this experience has meant to me, but nothing seems to be able to sum up the incredible memories I shared with even more incredible people.
So instead, I’m going to cheat and simply list out some thoughts that I know to be true post what I quite literally think of as trip of a lifetime. By no means are these ground-breaking or revolutionary thoughts, but this is simply what I keep thinking about post trip. So in no particular order:
Live overseas. Spending 18 days outside of America confirmed to me that I definitely want to live abroad for some period of time. Similar to my experience when I moved to Penn and learned that growing up in a place like New York City is the exception (not the rule), at least to me, the same seems to be true for growing up in America. It at least felt that way jumping from country to country as we do states, and having all our international peers speak multiple language. So, where to, you ask? I’m hoping London; it seems like a fabulous city to call home for a year or two. When you ask? Ahh well thats the million dollar question isn't it. All I know is that not too soon; I plan on soaking up as much of SF while I can.
It’s a big world. I know I may sound silly but...there is a whole world out there. Outside of our day to day, there’s a whole world filled with people living their own lives with their own day to days and their own challenges. We are just living one story of an infinite amount of stories.
What do we do in that big world? There’s seemingly a semi existential crisis on deck but I’ll spare you the details and just pose to you one question [which I’ve been posing to myself]: If there is a whole world out there to be explored- with experiences to be had and people to meet and lessons to be learned- what’s the best way to spend our time day to day?
Everyone has a story. From the hostel owner in Portugal to my new friends who I connected with on this trip, everyone has a story. Everyone has experiences that have shaped them into the person they are today [even if we don’t necessarily remember that on our day-to-day interactions.]
Thank you Googs. None of this would have been possible without Google. So, shout out to my employer for sending my friends and I on the trip of a lifetime. If my answer question number 3 is working for a corporation, at least for now, I’m happy to do so for a company that I believe in [and sends me on once in a lifetime trips.]
If any of the above speaks to you, or you’ve had any similar thoughts [more like ramblings], let a sis know. I would love to continue the conversation with you.
Shirt: Zara//Pants: H&M//Shoes: Report (c/o Marshalls)//Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana//Clutch: Kate Spade
Photos by: Stan Schor