Carpe diem. Seize the day. Make the most of today. Everyday. Of life.
I keep thinking about how important it is to be true to yourself and to satisfy yourself- your spirit, your soul, your aspirations and goals- on a broader scale rather than on day to day, quotidian terms. I don’t want to take for granted my time here… I want to take advantage of it. I want to go out and explore. Take pictures. Feel free. Connect. Be happy.
The song “I Wish I Could Go Back to College” from the musical Avenue Q keeps coming back to me… it goes “I wish I could go back to college/ …I wish I had taken more pictures”. I know my time here, both in France and in college, is short. The song kind of reminds me of that and how I don’t want to look back with regrets.
I already posted a “Words to Live By” quote by Mark Twain here, but I think it captures this feeling perfectly, so I’ll share it again. It goes:
In 20 years, you will be more disappointed by what you didn’t do than by what you did.
I think it’s something we all need to be reminded of once in awhile :)
Make the most of your day life.
I know its been a long time. Again. But I have a really good excuse. lol. I really do.
Ok, so Monday morning Francois picked me up at the hostel, and brought me to the dorm. Then he gave me a tour around the campus. Apparently, I didn’t get the memo that the official arrival date changed (still confused about that one) and so I arrived several days, basically a week, early. I’m still not sure when I was supposed to arrive, but oh well, I’m here.
Anyways, the past few days- really Monday & Tuesday- were hard, not going to lie. Its really difficult to be in a foreign country, not know a soul (almost no one is in the dorms because I moved in early), and have no internet or phone. I’m unpacked now and I found a nearby supermarket that I can buy necessities at (NOTE: Do not buy things like deodorant at one of the many pharmacies, it will cost €10 and make you smell like a man, I already made that mistake).
Today was a lot better because I got a phone card and called home. I also took the metro downtown to explore and bought a French cell phone. That was exciting :D And the man who helped me buy it was really nice & helpful too. Now when I meet people I will be able to contact them in the future! haha
I also found the most adorable stationary shop during my exploration today. I can’t believe I did it, but as I was paying I put my bag from l’Orange (the cell phone store) down and left without it!! I was soo lucky because I came back five minutes later and he had it behind the counter. Lucky me!
Anyway, all is well over here, even if it was a little bumpy in the beginning.