“The key to having it all is realizing you already do.”
Reflection: Day 54 of Being in Barca
Now that I am over halfway through my program, I am taking a bit of time to reflect on my experience so far and figure out how I want the rest of my semester here to go. Studying abroad is not always easy; I have faced many obstacles and landmarks along the way that have been a true marker as to who I am as a person. Especially coming here alone, you can tell a lot about yourself by the things you attract in your life and the things you stay away from. I am also able to observe the influence of others back home or in my past based on my surroundings here: even in a country thousands of miles away with people who were complete strangers several months ago, I have found a way to make myself comfortable and feel at home.
I could not be blessed enough to have had this opportunity. Everything I do here, even the act of walking to class in the morning is filled with such privilege and a sort of prerogative that others may not have had the chance to do. Whether those reasons may be money, fear, or other preferences, I chose this as my path and I have had the wonderful opportunity to fulfill it. Looking back on this in 20, 40, 60 years, I will solely remember this as a time of self-enlightenment, as a time when I did something for myself and myself alone. Not for others, school, work, jobs, or any external factors. This experience was meant to better myself as a person just for the sake of being a person, and that is something that I can carry out in all aspects of my life.
I urge you to look at your life now and count your blessings. Each and everyone’s life is filled with privilege that you should feel absolutely guilty for having. Relish in these factors, you have every right to brag about your family, your friends, your education, your experiences. You are a truly lucky human being to be placed on this earth with everything that you have, and the second you realize you have it all, will be the second that you actually do have it all.