It’s about time I put together this video. And now you can see for yourself a little bit of the other side of the world.
I have been reading a fantastic book, one that is utterly thought provoking and I strongly suggest it. The book goes by the name of Tuesday’s with Morrie. The book consists of life’s greatest lessons. It is a definite must read. The book brings up a topic that I think most of us experience on a regular basic but do not have the slightest idea how to explain what we are feeling. The wise professor puts a label on these feelings, he calls it the tension of opposites.
“Life is a series of pulls back and forth. You want to do one thing, but you are bound to do something else. Something hurts you, yet you know it shouldn’t. You take certain things for granted, even when you know you should never take anything for granted.” -Morrie Schwartz
My current tension of opposites: moving. And not just a simple move to the next state over, no, to Tokyo. On the one hand I am excited to go on this grand adventure out into the world. Because of the move I get to see more of the world then I would have ever had the opportunity to see before Indiana. And I don’t just mean inside of Japan. I get to travel to Australia, Bali, and so much more than I am even aware of at the current moment. Truth is I love adventures. I love exploring. For me, it’s like being a little kid again in Disneyland, I just stand in awe of the world around me and truly appreciate it. I’m the kind of girl that at the age of 16 has rug burns on her elbows (for real, I have them right now and rug burns suck), I go walking down creeks for fun and collect quiet a few mosquito bites along the way. I go climb up mountains or old farm buildings for fun. However, none of this means I don’t have fears. Quiet honestly moving scares me quiet a bit. It’s my tension of opposites.
Amazingly, God has shown me parts that I was not even aware existed. It’s exciting but scary this life. But God has given me the strength to make it this far, why would he fail me now?
As I am sitting on a bus driving across Switzerland I’ve had the opportunity to plug my ear phones in, sit for hours and watch the terrain change before my eyes. After 8 hours of driving one has had a good amount of time to think. My thoughts were consumed with the idea of time. A concept that I found to be rather unappreciated. Time never seems precious until you are running out of it. Lately, that’s all my time has been doing. My time here in Europe is coming to an end and soon will my time in the USA. If we keep wasting our days pretty soon they’ll be gone. For those of you who wish your life were more satisfying or exciting: put down the phone, get up, and go out, go talk to that person that’s always interested you.
Growing up in a city where almost no one goes anywhere, the presence of people is so unappreciated. Now that my clock is ticking I have regrets, I wish I jumped at more opportunities. I wish I talked to the new kids more or plainly put more effort into relationships. The security of having a constant living environment had kept me in a bubble. I rarely broke out of my shell. So moral of the story- you never know how long you have, so take advantage of every second of it.
And so I challenge you to make an effort, to talk to someone that you have always thought highly of but was afraid to talk to or mingle with persons outside your group.
“Do one thing a day that scares you.” -Eleanor Rosevelt
I promise you won’t regret it.