Sometimes I fall into a routine with the familiar. In moments of exhaustion and stress, all I can think about it making it to bedtime. This past week has included moments of deep frustration and disappointment. Every now and then, I wonder what it would be like to have chosen the more stable, albeit mundane, life or interests or goals. What would it be like to never know the feeling of living out of a suitcase? To never leave my comfort zone? To never educate myself about other cultures?
Then I take a breath. And a step back. I think about how truly extraordinary the opportunities that come my way are. As it nears my 23rd birthday, I realize visiting 35+ countries is a blessing. Being an only child but able to call dozens of people brothers and sisters and surrogate parents leaves me in awe. I remind myself that hopping on international flights without a blink of the eye is rare. Having a job that changes my own perspective while giving me the ability to impact others' perspectives is something to be embraced. If I could describe my sentiments in one word, that word would be grateful.
At the end of every Rustic program, we have a collective reflection. We set intentions for ourselves. This week, I said I would stop trying to be overly efficient, rushing through tasks, or running through life like it's a checklist. I'd start being okay not knowing all the answers. And I'd continue to strive to be in the moment, cherishing the people I'm with and the places I'm living.
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