I know I have not posted in a while, and I deeply apologize for that. This month has been so incredibly busy, especially as I’ve been preparing for a trip overseas. I did mention this a few posts back, but in case you missed it, I will be leaving the states in just a few days to study English literature in the UK.
As a girl who has never set foot outside of the Western hemisphere, I am very much terrified of taking such a large leap. The whole prospect is petrifying. In movies, travelers are always so confident in who they are, so strong in their knowledge. Then, there’s me: a seventeen-year-old who barely knows herself. Insecurities tangle inside me and the thorns threaten to prick my lungs. Simply thinking about traveling alone sends my stomach twisting into knots.
However, despite my doubts, I am anticipating this trip to be the start of a fruitful travelling career. I know that going to England will be one heck of an opportunity, and I’m very excited to be able to grasp it and learn about our most influential literary artists as I go.
There are big questions I am often asked: Will you be safe in England right now? Why are you going to a country that has weathered so much terrorism this month alone? Why are you willingly taking so many risks?
My counter question is this: Why not?
The rewards of collecting new memories in a foreign country far outweigh the risks of another terrorist attack. The rewards include education, freedom, experience, inspiration, and culture. These are priceless things that no one can take away from you.
Right now, millions of hearts and prayers go out to London, England, and all victims of terrorism. I know that this will be enough to protect me.
I hope to write more for you all while I’m away. I’m excited to share my experiences, and perhaps I’ll write a bit of original pieces as well. Maybe England will be the perfect piece of inspiration I’ve needed for so long.
If you have any travel experiences, advice, or add-ons of your own, feel free to leave them in the comments below! As always, I’d love to hear from you.