When I was just about to start my 6th grade year my dad joined the air force, and later told us we were moving to ENGLAND!
I had no idea then how lucky I was.
From seeing the Leaning Tower of Pisa, The Mona Lisa at the Louvre in France, skiing the Swiss Alps in both Austria and Switzerland, climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower, hiking the 5 cities that make up the gorgeous Cinque Terre in Italy (my personal favorite in Europe), visiting the Colosseum in Rome, meeting the queen of England, getting blessed by the pope in the Vatican city, exploring massive cathedrals in Germany, wandering the streets of Belgium, seeing the famous tulips in the Netherlands, driving through the rolling hills of Scotland, Ireland AND Whales. Not to mention exploring England’s Stonehenge, visiting Parliament, Big Ben, The Crown Jewels, and riding the London Eye. Countless castles, delicious food, and plenty of adventures.
These memories are just ones that come to mind when I think of my experience as a military kid living in Europe. I can positively tell you that I learned more in those three years about culture, food,art, exploration, traveling, history, and the world then I EVER did from a textbook. Even as a teenage girl I will never forget looking up at the work of Michelangelo at the Sistine Chapel in Italy, and feeling my stomach do somersaults. I hope some day (God willing) I will be able to provide these same experiences to my own children with my husband.
The world is incredibly big. It was in that moment it hit me how much there is to learn from history…and how big the world really is. That chapel was completed in 1481. INCREDIBLE.
Middle school quickly turned into high school. During middle school I wanted to be in the States.
During high school all I wanted was the freedom that college would bring.
During college all I wanted was freedom from studying AND working. I wanted freedom to be in the “real world.”
Now, I am in the real world.
I can tell you today with a happy heart I am finally learning to appreciate the moment.
Living in this moment. Enjoying the journey (and every step along the way!)
So, I will just be here in my little Korean corner of the world.
Living, enjoying, and loving life.
Making every moment count.