Home: Four little letters that I’d like to think have no universal definition. As young people, home is constantly changing. From one’s childhood home, one’s first college dorm room, or one’s flat with four other people who one has absolutely no control over. At times home may be filled unknowns, comfort, good and bad. Yet home, it’s something we take for granted. Home; it’s a funny thing. When I begin to reflect and look at the great big sky at night, a full moon surrounded by glimmers of light, I can’t help but firmly believe that all the motions that take place in my life are meant to be. Being born and raised in North Dakota I have no doubt that I was honored with a phenomenal birth home. From the hospitable people, to the towns that I could navigate with my eyes closed, I know that I could build a genuine relationship with anyone that would step into my path. When I landed in the Auckland airport, something similar happened. I met a kind soul that would change my experience at the fine Uni. Although conversation wasn’t long, the courageous effort that was put into having conversation that would potentially benefit both of us was unreal. UNREAL. It was in that moment that I knew I was in for a doozy of a semester. As many of you know, people are my world. I appreciate every aspect of an individual. As soon as I met my first Kiwi as well as other international students, I began to admire minute things that I never would have thought about. As this experience progresses, I don’t think I will ever be able to explain the beauty that I see in each day.
Yet one thing is more real than anything in this life of mine, and that is bliss. I wish upon each of you the bliss of your families, the bliss of your friends, the bliss of your passions, and most certainly the bliss of completely embracing yourself in every way. When one does this, the physical surroundings and individuals that appear in your life come to have a greater meaning. However, it’s significant to note that building relationships of this type will never come from a half-ass effort, and for that I challenge you. I challenge you to become vulnerable, even if there is not a big life event going on in your world at this time. I wish I would’ve realized this aspect of the individual sooner, and I believe it can be the individual’s most precious challenge. So get on or miss something invaluable. It’s your choice, but surface level interactions will lead to minimal growth, and I know you’re capable of more, wherever home is in this moment.
All is groovy here, and I can’t wait to share the wild adventures about to come.
Day six in a magical place called New Zealand//