There are exactly 52 days (7 blog posts) left until I begin my adventure across the pond. Is there a better way to start such a great journey other than an 11-hour plane ride? Yeah, probably not. I will say that no longer having the planning stress is making this countdown even better (I hope my French class doesn’t change that statement). I’m not going to lie; I was dreading this weeks post just a little bit because I couldn’t think of anything to write about. It’s a little too early to write about how much I will miss everyone, 52 days is a pretty long time. I also don’t have any crazy planning happening right now, just a lot of waiting and anticipation. Then I realized something great, and this is my blog so that I can write about anything.
A lot of people have asked me about knowing people when I get to Surrey. For the record, I will know absolutely no one. This might be scary for some people, but I could not be more thrilled. Not only will going abroad be a time to reconnect with me, but it will be a great way to reconnect with those around me. With the people, I’ve surrounded myself with throughout my 20 years on this earth, even if I will be miles and miles away (I was going to look up the exact amount of miles, but effort). I know most people think that me leaving means that I might struggle to stay in touch with everyone that I care about, but I don’t see it that way. I see it as a way to fortify my friendships with everyone I know. A chance to put in the work I want to to stay in touch.
Of course, going abroad isn’t a “test of friendship,” but more a way to learn everything about my life. In a way, it is a great way to take a step back and think about where I am. I am fully committed to coming back from Europe being the person that is constantly talking about how my time abroad “transformed my life” because if it doesn’t change me then maybe I wasn’t doing it right. I’m not saying I expect this journey to change who I am; rather, I want it to help reveal more of who I am, the parts that I might know as well yet. I want my time abroad to show me just how amazing everything is, and just how lucky I am to be me. While my reasons for going abroad are many, I do believe that part of the reason I am going is to learn more about myself.
I don’t think of being in a new place with new people as starting over, but more as a time of growth. The newness will shake things up, and maybe that’s a good thing. It will be a test, I mean it’s not an easy thing to move to a foreign country, but I do not doubt that it will be worth every moment. I couldn’t be more excited about this next chapter in my life and learning just how much I can change and grow. I think that this experience will be one that I find myself going back to over and over again in the years to come as I begin to find my way in adulthood (post-college life isn’t exactly a walk in the park). So anyway, stay tuned for next week. I’m thinking of sharing some spots that I am most excited to visit! Let me know if you want me to post my whole list. It’s a little long though…haha. As always, stay lovely everyone!