I’m finally home…NOT GERMANY LOL! After 2, 6 hour flights, the longest day of my life (30-hour day on the 11th), seeing so many great people I haven’t seen in a while, and sleeping at 9pm last night (as a dad should), I can say I am some what back to it!
I feel like I’m in a dream. I remember while in Ireland, I would have flashbacks of surprising my friends at home, especially my role model Kees. It is so weird to be home! It is almost harder coming back home than it is to have gone to Ireland in the first place.
The question “How was Ireland?” is so difficult to answer. Not that it is a bad question, but it is hard to respond honestly. There aren’t words that describe the happiness, experiences, and people gained over the past 128 days.
Overall, abroad has led me to the most important, special people I’ve ever met. The special people that have entered my life while in Ireland truly find the best in me and continually leave me speechless. It hurts to be thousands of miles away. One thing I learned about separated from my friends here at Willamette is that when I reunite with my new friends, it will make our time even more special in the future. I appreciate the friendships I have at home way more than before I left. I can’t explain it!
Another aspect I learned was how important it is to truly find the things that make your spirit free. I realized that I was SO focused on making sure things work out perfectly and a certain way. I now have learned that it is ok to let myself free. One of the mottos I learned at the end of my experience is “YOIIO: You’re Only In Ireland Once.” This ‘why not attitude’ is my new norm that I’m excited to weave into my everyday life to take risks that will continue to make small changes within my world.
Overall, words will never describe how my experience in Ireland meant to me and even how it changed me. I’m still reflecting and will be for a while about how this unique, special experience has changed me for the better.
Thank you to the people who have followed this blog religiously. Even if you read just one of my posts, I am SO appreciative. This photo challenge was more than I could ever imagine. I’m so excited to share this project to the world in the future, but also, excited to share with it to the special people that come into my life in the future (perfect date discussion).
Ireland was great! I will be back in 3 years for 2020 as Galway will be celebrating their title as European Capitol of Culture.
I miss my friends dearly, but I will see them all so soon! For now, I have one more year at Willamette and then, who knows where life will take me after! This concludes the photo challenge and so weird that it is over. Excited to do something similar like this in the future.