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Today is the first day of the rest of my life…

…and I feel very conflicted, like being caught in the middle of a game of tug-o-war. On one hand, I see myself enjoying these next three months with the people around me, laughing, growing, and enjoying German culture. On the other hand, this will be the first time that I have been out of the country longer than a month. Sometimes the thought of it makes me short of breath and question the decision I made. It is never easy to try new things and step outside the comfort zone. Each side of me, pulling back and forth, back and forth…it never ends! I think back and remember one of my favorite books, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” That book taught me that I should take risks and live in the moment. So I guess I will do that. Armed with my ipod, friends, and some money, I am ready to see the world and learn about it as I teach myself along the way. More to follow.

Auf Wiedersehen!

“I feel infinite”

3 Responses to “Today is the first day of the rest of my life…”

  1. Armed with your ipod, friends, and some money (believe that is how they defeated hitler).

  2. The time will fly! When it’s time to leave, you will feel conflicted then, too :)

  3. Joel! I miss you! I know you will have a blast though! What a great experience! Anyway, I love The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and it made me excited to see someone else read it too! K have a great time!

    Miss Ya
    Val

    PS Happy Birthday

    PPS. I will still dominate in football!

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