Enough of this babbling! I'm leaving for England tomorrow! I'm not sure if I've actually processed this quite yet. I mean, do I even realize that this is my last full day in the United States for four months? The last time I'll see my parents face to face until the end of April? This morning, I played with my cats and told them goodbye. I closed the door to my room and walked out of the house I've lived in for nearly twenty years. Do I realize that a third of this year will be spent away from all I've known and grown up with?
Am I being overdramatic? After all, it's ONLY four months. Not to mention it will probably be the most exciting four months of my life! It's not that my life so far hasn't been exciting. (Umm, best life ever, in my opinion.) But this is it. I'm about to live the dream I've been dreaming for pretty much ever. I've always wanted to travel and live a life of adventure, and I'm finally doing it. I'm living in what is basically a castle with a bunch of strangers, taking classes taught in British accents, and traveling around Europe on the weekends. This is it. Living the dream.
Although I've been imagining such an adventure my entire life, I almost cannot imagine that it's happening to me right now. Tomorrow morning I go to the airport, board the plane, and by Friday I'm in England!
So keeping with the "Happy 2012" theme you guys have going here, I'm going to make some New Year's resolutions. This year, I resolve to be open to new experiences, to actively pursue adventure, to grow in Christ and be a witness, to make new friends, to stay close with my old friends, and to make 2012 the best year yet.
And though I should end this entry there, I'm going to quote Samwise Gamgee instead. Every time I think of going to the airport and flying off, I think of this quote from The Fellowship of the Ring: "If I take one more step, it'll be the farthest away from home I've ever been." That's certainly true for me, but I am quite ready for an adventure. ;)
Hello from Boston. I just wanted to say that. Boarding for London begins in about 25 minutes. Booyah! Pray that I have a safe trip. Goodbye, USA!