07/21/2010 - 07/30/2010 71 °F
As my trip comes to an end, I can't help but think back on the last two and a half months and smile.
I wanted to take this last entry to reflect on my journey and to thank you all for taking an interest in my life and taking time out of your busy schedules to read this blog.
Even though I may not have spoken to you in a long time, I just want you to know that I miss you and love you and appreciate that you are a part of my life. This trip has been the most incredible adventure of my life, and I have learned more about myself and this world than I would have ever imagined. Now, I can only hope that each of you takes the chance to go abroad and experience another culture.
You've all read about my good times and bad times. My mistakes, embarassments, and revelations. Europe has defenitely left it's mark on me, and, although it may not seem like it to a lot of you, I'm a changed woman.
The phrase that I would use to reflect on this trip is "enjoy the journey." I have a bracelet with that phrase stamped on it that was given to me by one of my best friends, and whenever things got rough or I got homesick and wished I was elsewhere, I studied my simple silver bracelet and smiled. It reminded me not to sweat the small stuff, and reaching your final goal isn't always everything. It's the journey. It's the little mishaps that happen along the way that make your life what it is and make you who you are. This trip, this incredible opportunity, has been one journey that has changed me forever, making it something I will never forget. I wish for you to find your incredible journey. I want each and every one of you to find in yourself the confidence and strength it takes to purposely make yourself uncomfortable. Uncertainty is not always bad. I've been uncertain, uncomfortable, confused, and lost more times than I can count on this trip, but that's how I grew. You learn and adapt and it changes you (in a good way).
Ireland has been a beautiful country. I hope my family realizes that we're planning a trip here ASAP. The people here are so friendly, and they just trust you, which is so refreshing. I am looking forward to sharing all of my experiences with you, and I hope you won't get sick of listening to me blabber after awhile.
I fly home on Friday, and my journey abroad will officially be ended. Well, for two days. Then I'm going on a cruise to Cozumel, Mexico with my family. So I guess the true message here is that your journey never really ends. There are just chapters that end. I am so grateful for the opportunity to take this trip, and I'm also grateful for all of the love and support I've received from back home.
I miss you and love you all, and I'll be seeing you all soon!
All my love,