One of the perks of living in Madrid is being able to escape to any part of the city and experience a moment of pure bliss. While living here I have discovered that I am truly happy to call this city home. I look forward to going to work, meeting new people, strengthening my friendships with other CIEE participants and individuals who reside in Spain. I am grateful to also have a community in Alcala de Henares. Living away from my friends and family in the states is difficult (especially when I used to be a two-hour drive from my family.) But thankfully everyone is just a FaceTime phone call away.
On Saturday I felt a sense of urgency to write down a few thoughts (the old fashioned way with pen and paper ;). I walked over to the Temple of Debod which is only a fifteen-minute walk from my flat (yes I know I said flat not apartment-it’s been heavily ingrained in my vocabulary since I’ve moved here.) I sat down on a park bench, placed my headphones in and played classical music, all while watching the sunset. As soon as my pen hit the paper, the words suddenly flowed through. I thought it would be nice to share this personal piece with you. I hope you enjoy, but most importantly I hope you find it to be enlightening;
Moments like this remind me how beautiful it is to live in the present moment.
Here I am sitting on a bench in the Temple of Debod.
Living in Madrid has been nothing but a dream come true.
This journey itself has not always been the easiest.
Moving and living in another country I’ve encountered an array of obstacles.
But each time I got over the “hurdle” I was reminded that anything is possible.
You just have to believe in yourself and the process.
I hope that you find the beauty in your day.
We all have a unique story.
Don’t live your life in fear.
Do the complete opposite.
Just go out there and create one hell of a story.