January 28, 2013


There are those moments in your life when you figure out something huge and possibly even life changing. On our train ride to Salamanca I had one of those moments. I did a little connect the dots between the literature, music and quotes I have been taking to heart. They are all slightly interconnect and I think have helped me put a little focus to my life and time here in Spain.

print found here
Perks of being a wall flower by Stephen Chbosky
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Odds by Amy Kinzer
Last Night on Earth album by Noah and the Whale
(especially the songs L.i.f.e.g.o.n.e.s.o.n. and Life is life)
"I've found that if you love life, life will love you back"
"I go to seek the great perhaps"
"Be busy loving every minute of your life"
"Turn your face towards the sun and let your shadows fall behind you"
"Modify your thinking to fit the situation"
"Do small things with great love."
"Always be a little kinder then necessary"

So now after that random assortment of things I've been kind of obsessive about in the past three weeks, it probably doesn't make sense and probably won't make sense to me if I were doing something different with my life right now. So as I sat on the train reading The Odds and listening to Noah and the whale I realized that God had been slowly letting me in on his advice.

I am trying hard (very very very hard) to do what he wants. I know he just wants me to live my life with so much love for everyone and everything. Take this adventure and use it to love unconditionally like God does. Now that may not make perfect sense but I have felt so much love not only from my friends and family as I was first struggling here but also from others: my host mom, from my professors, from the friendly smile from the lady at the metro ticket counter, the list goes on.

So As I sat on the train to Salamanca I realized I cannot be anxious, sad or annoyed, for this experience is so beautiful in every way. I need to love and appreciate everything. 

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful post, and I love that you crossed literature and music and quotes together! GREAT reminder to be a little kinder to everyone. Worrying is such a harm to me too, but you're right, there is something beautiful in every way! I admire you for studying abroad, I know it's fantastic but also probably a little scary and hard to be away from family/boyfriends! I'm sure you won't regret it for a second though. Thanks for sharing.

    perfectly priya