Exactly one year ago, I boarded a plane with a one-way ticket to Europe and an overstuffed backpack. I thought my trip would just be a little adventure before settling back into my normal life, but that is certainly not what it turned out to be.
I received a very thoughtful note from a former coworker last week in which he said that my blog “reads like (his) new favorite book.” I’ve never thought of my story in a book format, but it made me revisit things with fresh eyes. If that’s how anyone else reads my blog, ending it now would be quite cruel… right as the plot thickens.
When I arrived in Belfast and met Mike’s parents almost three months ago, his mom said this phrase that I have thought of every day since: People plan, God laughs. As you’ve probably noticed, I am not a religious person, but this motto is so apt given how my travels have gone. Plans I made never seemed to work out the way I wanted them to, so I was able to find the humor in this little saying.
I am realizing more and more as I spend time away from home that I am quite American, whether I like it or not. The subtleties of it are still making themselves known to me. And while there are plenty of obvious differences between me and most Indonesians, it’s only now that I’ve spent two months in the United Kingdom that I’m really seeing how different we are from, well… everyone.
I’ve always thought of inspiration as going one way – from one person to another, rippling outwards from the source. However, it’s become clear that inspiration can, quite often, become an exchange benefiting both parties rather than one person’s takeaway from the other.
“‘The sixth spiritual law of success is the Law of Detachment, which reveals a great paradox of life.” I read aloud sitting up in bed. “In order to acquire something in this world, you have to relinquish your attachment to it. This doesn’t mean you give up the intention to fulfill your desire — you […]
A whole lot can change in six months. I am proof of that. It was not long ago that I was living in a one-bedroom apartment in Cambridge, Massachusetts, working at one company for five years, and spending all my free time with a very large family and tight-knit friend group. Now I am in Northern […]
I just discovered a document on my computer that I had written last summer and, in reading it, I was thrown back to those nervous months in anticipation of my travels. What I found is a bucket list of things I hope to achieve in my life and, scanning down this list, the items are completely arbitrary. […]