In the short 21 years of my life, I have been lucky enough to do some pretty wonderful things. I studied abroad in London, England; I played against semi pro soccer teams all throughout Italy, and I traveled to Italy two other times to sing in various churches with the most wonderful group.
Nobody ever told me that I couldn’t do the things that I did, so I did exactly that. I packed my bags, boarded a plane, and made some amazing memories. Traveling was not only a good time for me; it helped me to grow up, in a very short amount of time. If you are in a place where you don’t understand the language, you don’t know where you are, and you are pretty sure you don’t know which bathroom to walk in, you are forced to learn. You have to stay aware of your surroundings, remain open minded, and always, always, always, keep your purse as close as possible. You need to grow some thick skin, and always stay positive, because things may not turn out completely how you expected it to be.
Along with that, traveling allows you to make memories with new people. You meet so many different people throughout your travels, and most of the time, these are people that you would have never crossed paths with before. I remember when I was in Italy and a coupe of my friends and I decided to go to a café to enjoy us some amazing gelato. We would always listen for American accents because that was what we were familiar with. We would meet so many people, and share so many stories, and it was really nice to have that moment of pure comfort in such an exhilarating situation.
But lastly, and most importantly to me, traveling helped me to learn a lot about my self. A lot of things that I was never aware of, until I made it to Europe. I found out that I actually do a lot better, and perform a lot better in stressful situations. There were times when my group was lost in, god knows where, and I wasn’t stressed at all. I pulled out my map, checked where we were, and safely got us back to our hotel, and warm beds. Everyone was shocked that I did it so easily, but I really learned that situations like that are when I step up and out of my shell. I also learned about the aspirations I have for myself. I was able to truly appreciate the many different cities we were in; so much so that I knew that in the future I would consistently come back to them.
The world is so much greater than you. Than just you, and what you are doing at this moment. Its a beautiful place filled with so many beautiful people. I consider myself so lucky to have traveled as much as I have. But for the future, I know exactly what it holds. It holds an unlimited amount of new experiences in an unlimited amount of different places, and I cannot wait.