— Jamie Tworkowski (via thatkindofwoman)
“What are the events in life? You see a door, the first time you come to it you say, oh what’s on the other side of the door? Then you open a few doors, then you say I think I want to go over that bridge this time, I’m tired of doors. Finally you go through one of these things and you come out the other side and you realize this is all there are, doors and windows and bridges and gates. And they all open the same way and they all close behind you.” -Roger Sterling
“We need to figure out our life goals first before hitching up with a man who may or may not share those goals.”
“Better to die alone with a life filled with accomplishments of which you’re proud than alone, divorced and filled with regret that you didn’t lead the life you truly wanted to lead. Most marriages “fail,” though I personally don’t believe a marriage that ends has to be categorized as a failure. I just think there needs to be more to life than just finding another person.”
“I think the best advice for young Princeton women is the same advice you’d give to Princeton men: do what you love, follow your bliss, surround yourself with intelligent people who inspire you, and maybe marry one of them when you’re ready.”
“He said I’ll be the angel flying by your side
On the journey of your life”
Why I love country music.
“The opposite of love’s indifference”
Sometimes emerging from my Country Music bubble is a good thing.
“Nobody feels like an adult, is the world’s dirty secret.”
“Grace, I realized, is neither time nor place dependent. All we need is the right soundtrack.”
“Any place you don’t leave is a prison”
Liberal Arts written and directed by Josh Radnor (Ted Mosby from HIMYM) was a well-written and incredibly honest movie. Dealing with the ever fascinating transition from collegiate life to adulthood, I found myself nodding along with almost line. I highly recommend it to anyone willing to think about those not too distant days of true adulthood.
I said in my New Year’s post that 2012 was the best year of my life. While I knew that to true, I did not know exactly how true is was until today when I went through all my pictures from the year to select the prints for my wall at school.
- I brought in 2012 at an Avett Brothers Concert with my best friend in South Carolina.
- I went to the Happiest Place on Earth with my family.
- I spent my Spring semester at Villanova with the 3 best friends anyone could have.
- I watched my brother graduate Valedictorian of his college class.
- I ran a half-marathon with my cousin.
- I went on a cruise to Bermuda with a best friend and my brother.
- I learned to surf.
- I studied abroad at Trinity College Dublin.
- I met some of the most AMAZING people while abroad.
- Then finally, I came home and spent Christmas with my mom’s entire side of the family, including our perfect new addition Chloe.
And right now I honestly don’t know if I should be excited for 2013 or mourning the loss of 2012. At the current moment it is a lot more of the latter.
I know a lot of people criticize New Year’s resolutions. I understand that criticism, I really do. Most of them barely see their way to next month let alone next year. But for me its hard not to look back on the past year and apply some constructive criticism. What went well? What failed? Where was I right? Where could I have been better? And I think its the latter question that our resolutions find their true value. Where could I have been better?
What that means for me is looking back on a year that was undoubtably the very best of my life so far and looking for ways to have another equally great or if its possible an even greater 2013. For me that means continuing to focusing on my good habits from 2012 like comparing less and running more. But also prioritizing the things that got overlooked while I was too busy having too much fun in 2012, like appreciating more, going to church more, cooking-in more and worrying less.
I know that I will go days and even weeks at a time without thinking of these goals, but hopefully if I begin to lose myself in 2013 they will recenter me. Come January 1, 2014 I may have missed the mark on all of these goals, but then at least I still tried to be better. And I cannot help but see the value in that attempt.
Today I went for my first run in a long time and it felt so good. I could literally feel myself coming back to life, coming back to the person I was when I left the United States with each push of forward motion. I don’t know why I let it go so long, why amidst all the things I had no choice but to give up here, I made the choice to give up running.
My running routine is just one of the many things that I have missed while being here. I think so much of my learning here took place in that missing though. It helped me to realize just how important the things that I missed were to me. Not just in that missing their presence was hard, but I have found that missing them meant a part of me was missing too.
My family, my friends, my cats, my school, my faith, my workouts, my routines. These things are not simply some wonderful parts of my life that I found myself missing from time to time here. These are things that I realize now actually define me, for their absence made me feel incomplete. These are the things that I am craving so much at this point, the things that have me counting down the days. While I am undoubtedly sad to leave this incredible adventure and my wonderful new friends, I am ready to feel whole again.
I had these thoughts sitting on a park bench in the middle of that run today in St. Stephen’s Green. That park has grown to be my absolute favorite space in Dublin. Throughout the term whenever I was stressed or homesick or citysick its pathways and greenery calmed me as I walked in circle after circle after circle. It has been my place of peace in this city and I wholly appreciate it.
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