Sami, outbound to Sweden

Here are a few tid bits from my personal exchange journal over the past ten months that I thought were worth sharing. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

"I mean, sometimes at school, I feel like I am an extra wheel with my friend group. But other times, I am finally feeling like I really fit in. But it's all good. I look back and remember how I wanted to give up and go home in my first few days, and now I'm just so glad that I didn't. Life is so good here. It's not always some grand adventure, but it is oh so good. There's no magic moment that says 'Hey! Best year of your life right here!'
It's a collection of all the little moments. Yelling at Candy Crush with your friends. Laughing until crying. Actually crying. Trying a new amazing food. Getting a conversation right.
And I think somehow it all adds up."

Monday, February 16, 2015

"I had always thought bravery was about being fearless, and that being fearless was about never being afraid. But now, I don't think that's true. I think you can be brave and scared. I think you can only be brave when you are scared.
Being brave isn't about never being afraid. Being brave is about being terrified - and doing the thing anyway. Being brave is being frozen in fear, taking a deep breath, and moving forward.
Fear does not negate bravery - it creates it. Fear pulls bravery up from the pit of your stomach and the depths of your mind. Fear and bravery coexist.
So be scared. Be anxious. Feel your knees knock and hear your voice shake.
Then be brave."

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

"This country, this city is my home. Because home is not a place - it is a feeling. The people here, my friends and host family - they are my family. Because family is not just blood and DNA and genetics. Family is who is there for you and who makes you laugh. Family is who pulls everything together when it feels like it's falling apart. Sometimes, you find these people living under one roof. But sometimes, if you are lucky, they are from every corner of the world."