No matter how hard I try to tell the story of the past few months via words, blog posts, and pictures, it doesn’t do justice to the lessons learned and experiences I’ve had. I had the opportunity to see some of the most amazing artwork, architectural structures, and beautiful landscapes. I was able to hang glide through the Swiss alps, run with the bulls in Pamplona, and experience European Football firsthand.
Yet at the end of the day these experiences don’t compare to the amazing people I met and all the cultures I was able to wrap myself in.
Anthony Bourdain said it perfectly when he stated:
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you — it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you… Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”
It was this journey that made me realize there is still good in this world. People are still willing to give of themselves with Christlike love. I have come to realize more fully that ones ethnicity, race, gender, religion, social status, or education doesn’t matter. We are all children of God and he loves us all the same. My heart has grown and I am so thankful for all the wonderful people I was able to meet and those that were willing to lend a helping hand when needed. I have been able to reevaluate myself and how I treat and think about others.
The amazing thing is that we all have the capability to love a little more; and it doesn’t take a trip halfway around to world to learn this.