So I got back from Europe the 22nd of August. It was SUCH an amazing experience, and something I know I’ll never forgot. I’m so blessed to have gone, and seen and done all that I did.
I wanted to share 10 things I learnt from my experience. (May sound like I put a lot of thought into it, but it reality it was a list I whipped up on my phone during a bus ride.)
- You can’t control everything, and that’s ok. Life is not meant to be lived with full preparation, and it’s not meant to be perfect.
2. You can only achieve greatness in life outside of your comfort zone.
3. Don’t judge people by their covers. They can surprise you and be something completely different than you thought. Get the chance to actually know them.
4. Fully trusting in God can be very difficult, but it is something worthwhile that will carry you throughout life. Learn to do it now.
5. Don’t be afraid to show your imperfect, quirky side to people. People gravitate toward genuineness and honesty, and if you show that side of yourself, chances are people will appreciate that more than the constantly put together, perfect person.
6. Reach out to people. Just say hi. You never know what that can lead to. It doesn’t necessarily have to lead to something big, but sometimes it can lead to lifelong friendships.
7. Live in the moment. Don’t be afraid to understand every detail of a building, or to take the perfect pictures. Just soak in the moment as it is.
8. Knowledge is power. Learn as much as you can about the sites you’re visiting, and pay attention to the small details no one else does. Really listen to the tour guide. Take your time.
9. Don’t be disappointed; everything happens for a reason. Not getting into a museum or rooming with your friends is sometimes the very thing that’s supposed to happen. Trust in God’s plan.
10. Don’t be worried about remembering every detail of the trip, or documenting every single thing down. Years from now, looking back on your experience, the little details won’t matter, the memories will.