photo by Bernd Pröschold
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
—Mark Twain (via youknowyouareonexchangewhen)
It is true though, about ‘change’. You simply change day by day without realizing it. And how at one point you stopped and realized. And by ‘change’, I mean, a good one, a good change. It’s strange how you think that this exchange year, this country, isn’t that much of a difference to your own country or your own expectations, but at one moment, you will stop, and realize how different it is compared to your life on the other part of the world. Then the emotion starts to kick in, all simple details will attract your attention, and you’re trying desperately to process everything in while at once living your life to the fullest.
I’m now completely trying to live in the moment rather than just capturing fancy pictures or writing poetic journals or diaries. But they do work sometimes as ‘memory keepers’ as a reminder of how much things you have sacrificed and of what other people have sacrificed just for you. As a reminder that you are surrounded by people, amazing people in this unfamiliar world.
AFS Finland 2013-2014.
it started as a journey
they said ‘oh dear, this is magnificent’
somehow i got lost in a valley
they said ‘honey, it’s not an easy win’
one day could go so right
yet the next could be so hard
battling all the paradox
walking barefooted on scattered glass
i said ‘i will make it’
'i will win'