I spent five days in London over fall break, visiting a dear friend from college who is killing it in her masters program at University College London. I spent one month in London after my freshman year of college, so I had already done most of the typical “touristy” things. This trip was all about immersing myself in life as a local. I tried to envision what my daily routine might look like if I lived there. It wasn’t hard to picture- I’ve always been drawn to the city and could easily imagine moving there one day. Who knows?! That seems to be a big theme in my life these days: who knows?
It was so wonderful to have deep, meaningful conversations with an old friend. I miss close friendships with peers. I know it takes time to develop these in a new place, and I just have to be patient, but it’s hard to wait. I want to have best friends here right now…and yet, I’m okay. Day by day, moment by moment. Trips like this sustain me until those new relationships take root and begin to grow. Can you relate?
Below are a few photos from my iPhone because I was too lazy to lug my nice camera around in the rain on that trip. There are also a few other photos from the past few days. Enjoy!Look at this smart lady! She could defend me and my human rights anywhere, anytime.Sometimes you just have to geek out and play tourist.If I look cold, it’s because I was.The Wheel of Fortune, otherwise known as the London Eye.Knotting Hill!Dr. Who fans, where you at? This is the location of the original Tartus in the show.My new university ID. Never mind that I look like a Chinese boy…
My new friend Ian, with whom I take classes at Uni. We are always struggling with Wifi connections but it makes for a funny time.My colleagues and I at a dinner during our trip to Flossenbürg, the concentration camp in Bavaria where Dietrich Bonhoeffer was killed.Famous Nurnberger sausagesI’m always on some train or other. This one was bound for Frankfurt, where I went out with a few friends for Halloween.This photo pretty much sums up how Halloween ended…yes, I do know this person. It was fun 🙂
Have a good week, friends!
Here at Pepperdine we like to say we get trapped in the “Pepperdine Bubble.” That is, we don’t leave campus for days or weeks on end and forget there is a great big world out there beyond Pepperdine. I tend to get caught up in my school life and let my focus turn too narrow and inward. Once in a while I need a breath of fresh air. So today my friend Sarah (who has made many appearances on this blog) and I went to Primo Passo Coffee shop on Montana Boulevard in Santa Monica for a little break. We needed to burst the bubble! I had so much fun sipping my latte, taking polaroids and window shopping along the street. I would highly recommend it if you’re looking for a study break or a yummy drink. Hope you’re having a good one friends!
2015 has been a year of transitions. I feel as though I lived two different lives this year– one in Germany and one in America. Sometimes I can’t even believe my experiences in Heidelberg and Hildesheim happened this year. Everything about my life there was so drastically different than my life now, it’s hard to integrate the two. Change and transitions are good, but hard. It’s been a long readjustment process, with more than a few road bumps along the way. I am still processing my time abroad. Somedays I miss Germany more than I can bear, and other days I can’t imagine being anywhere else in the world but Pepperdine. That’s the thing about change: it’s unpredictable. I’m not sure how my heart will feel in the future. But in the midst of all this transition, I’ve learned some valuable lessons about life and myself that will stick with me forever. Here are a few if you’d like to read:
1. It’s okay to be sad. I used to tell myself, “Don’t be sad because there are people in this world who have it so much worse!” I thought I was being bratty for feeling sad. But sadness is sadness, so matter the reason. There is no gradient, it can’t be compared. It is perfectly normal to miss Germany (or whatever) and mourn the loss of something you once had. It will pass.
2. It only takes a few close friends. For some reason, I grew up thinking I had to a have a large group of friends to feel genuinely happy and loved. I tried to please everyone and get to know a million people. But then I realized that is just not realistic. It only takes a few close friends to feel valued and loved. I would rather invest deeply in a few select people than spread myself too thin and not reap the rewards.
3. You’re not supposed to know the future. Why do I so easily fall into the trap of thinking I have to have the future figured out? It’s supposed to be unknown. Otherwise it wouldn’t be the future! Duh Micah. This year I am trying to embrace the uncertainty and let it excite me instead of terrify or frustrate me!
4. Patience is hard. Waiting is hard. Patience doesn’t come easily to me. I wish my desires were granted right now. But I know everything happens in its time, not a moment before. I am trying to accept that truth!
5. I am enough. No one expects me to be more than I am. Sometimes I think I’m lacking something, but that is not true. I was created perfectly. Earlier this year, I designated the word Gentle as my “Word of the Year.” I have not always been gentle with myself or others this year, but I am trying!
Question of the Day
What are a few lessons you’ve learned or reflections you’ve had about 2015?
If procrastination was a sport, I would win. Every time. Exhibit A: Finals 2015. I should be studying as I type this, but oh well! Life lately has been a bit of a roller coaster. Some days I am crazy busy and overwhelmed, while other days I am completely free and relaxed. But come Thursday, finals will be over and I will be at home on my couch eating exorbitant amounts of Peppermint bark and watching Modern Family.
What are your plans for this Christmas season? My family and I are road tripping to Zion National Park in Utah for a few days after Christmas. I’ve never been and I’m so excited! It’s gonna be cooooold.
Below are a few photos from life lately, if you’d like to see.
^My family already bought and decorated our Christmas tree at home without me (Why college? Why?) so I was thrilled when my friend Michaela invited me to help pick out their family’s tree last weekend. It was difficult to find a good tree since most of them are overly dry because of the drought here in California. But I think we found a winner.
^She’s a clown, this one. I think its funny how girls can entertain themselves for hours just taking pictures of each other!
^Doesn’t it look pretty up against the red wall?^The sunsets around here lately have been out of this world. I still can’t get over how early the sun sets now a days though…
Well friends, that concludes this random rambling post. I hope your life lately has been filled with joy, laughter, and Christmas cookies! Have a good one.