Sunday, February 6, 2011

depends on how you look at it...

I am one incredibly lucky, or blessed person. I suppose that part would depend on how you look at it. If you want to get religious about it, there you go.

That being said. I feel like there's so much I have to say. I'm finally in Valencia, where the weather is beautiful and approximately 65 degrees daily. This city has changed so much since I was here as a kid and I'm really very glad I got to come back...it's been one of my favorite stops.

Now, back to the topic at hand. This trip has made me realize so many different things. First of all, I am incredibly lucky to have parents and grandparents like mine who actually want a better life for me than they had. I'm lucky they were able to give me the opportunities they have wanted to give me and that I have been able to take them. I count my self incredibly lucky to have been born into a culture rich family with a grandmother who's largest interest in her life since mine began was my education in all subjects both academically, socially, and culturally. I do not mean to be overly proud in an way, but I consider myself to be generally well rounded in most subjects that I consider to matter. I consider myself to be lucky in my health and that I have not had to truly suffer the pain of watching someone I love have poor health. There are so many things that I have been given as a result of something I was blessed with that I very much consider my life to be like a tree. Seperated at some points, but ultimately all together.

Let me tell you something, I never thought I would go on this trip and come back a patriot. Having to constany and daily, defend your country, your people, your habits, your customs, having to explain your holidays, your sports, your language and sayings will aggravate you to no end...but it has made me greatly appreciate what I have in the states. I have loved every country I have been to and would recommend each and every one of my friends to travel outside the U.S to see how wonderful each country is. But that aside, I would not change being an American for anything. If that makes me arrogant...well, I guess that comes with the territory...HA!

Lastly, I'm glad I was able to take this trip because it has been an excellent way to reflect on things that have past. I have come to terms with certain situations and I've discovered that I am overall, in a much better place than I was a year ago. I have evolved in the last 5.5 weeks and I'm ready to continue doing so. I am more than ready to get a job using my DEGREE, that's right baby!!! and I'm ready to save money to provide for myself and help those I care about. Basically, I've discovered that I want more out of life than I thought I did and now I'm determined to make those things happen at almost any cost...

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