So it’s been a while and lot’s of things have happened and lots of things have been going through my head.
I think everyone can agree that the world isn’t quite in the best place right now.
I don’t want to sound cliche, but it kills me to see so much hatred coming from beings who were created specifically with the intellectual capacity to love. (“But Jack, dogs love too, and so do other animals!”) Fair, but therein lies the difference between instinctual beings (animals) and intellectual beings (humans). Our capacity to love is something conscious, something sentient. And for me, when humans directly defy that capacity for good and love and choose evil or hate, it gives me huge grief.
I guess the question is how does one single individual handle all of this that is plaguing society? The only answer I’ve come to is that you just have to adapt in the moment. We adapt to having to be a little bit more vigilant in areas that we normally would be lax. We adapt to situations and the situation the world is in right now is sad and awful but that’s the way it is. Understanding your current situation is not accepting it, and adapting does not negate the need to change, in fact, it should drive change. So I add a quote from one of my favorite movies, Se7en, when Morgan Freeman’s character, Detective Somerset, ends the movie by saying, “Ernest Hemingway once wrote, ‘The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.’ I agree with the second part.” So even when the world is not a fine place, let’s keep fighting for it.
I’ve been blessed to be spending this semester with some absolutely amazing people and was lucky enough to be in extremely good company while the world was, yet again, flipped on its rear end (something that seems to happen far too often). Thanks to friends and family who reached out to see if I and everyone I was with was safe during the attacks, thankfully I was not in Paris and was on a totally different continent, although being in the city of love just a week before was a major wake up call.
With that being said, and even with everything happening around us, there’s a quote from my favorite show of all time that I fully believe in and would like to share and elaborate a bit on:
That’s right. In the final episode of the BEST SHOW EVER CREATED, Andy Bernard (played by Ed Helms) speaks this simple phrase that just kicked my heart right in the proverbial family jewels. When I first heard it, I paused Netflix, sat back, and with tear in eye, shouted for one of my best buds (who also loves The Office), with something along the lines of “ARE WE IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS?!? I DON’T WANT TO LEAVE THESE GOOD OLD DAYS IF THESE ARE THE GOOD OLD DAYS!!” It was quite the emotional wrecking ball that had just nailed me in the face as you can see. This quote applies so much to my time at CUA, time abroad, and other adventures. That moment when I heard this quote, I was in the midst of one of the most amazing years of my life, doing Student Ministry and living in the House with some of my best friends I’ll ever have. The second time I heard it, I had just finished sophomore year and was sitting on my couch at home during the summer, hoping some more good old days would come along. The third time I heard it, was about 2 hours ago when I decided to watch the final episode of The Office just for fun. Which spurred me to realize that I have entered into another phase of the “good old days” and that happens to be in Madrid, Spain.
But how can I POSSIBLY say these are the good old days with all the war, tragedy, and sadness happening???? Because frankly I’m having the time of my life. I’ve had unforgettable experiences, made some incredible friends, and still have 3 and a half weeks left of this adventure. I already look back fondly on every trip, every hidden treasure, every extremely successful (or failed) night out, even what occurs within the walls of Colegio Mayor de Guadalupe. I’m learning about myself, what my strengths and weaknesses are, where I am and where I want to be, the type of people I want to surround myself with. So let’s keep the good old days coming, and let’s hope the rest of the world catches up and realizes how beautiful life really it. So while the world may be in turmoil, I’m exploring it. And I definitely am going to keep the mindset that Detective Somerset wisely noted, it may not be in its finest hour, but the world is a beautiful place and I will keep fighting for it.
Also, in the meantime of being out of the world of blogging, I’ve now reached
some pretty insane places in Europe and adding to the list of places the I went, saw, and (kind of?) conquered: Segovia, Spain Bilbao and San Sebastián, Spain Munich, Germany – OKTOBERFEST London; Dover; and Canterbury; England Toledo, Spain Sevilla, Spain Chefchaouen, Asilah, and Tangier, Morocco
With a tip to Aranjuez and Chinchon, Spain tomorrow and snowboarding trip to the Sierra Nevada mountains in Granada, Spain next weekend!!
Check out my Facebook page for all the cool pics I take of scenery, objects, buildings, and things.
Much love as always.