“Your way isn’t necessarily the right way. Your values can’t be applied to everyone/everything no matter how you try. You are the product of what your surroundings have cultivated you to be. And that’s not the way you have to carry on if you don’t want. This is what you learn when you live in close quarters with people who are from different states, countries, cultures, backgrounds, and it may be the most important lesson of them all.”
I am not quite sure where I found this quote. Maybe some random post on Thought Catalog? Anyways, I’m posting it as a reminder for myself to observe different cultures with an open mind and to understand and be okay with the fact that it is going to be different than what I am used to. I am going to meet people from all over the world, and I can’t wait to learn all about their lifestyles, perspectives, and cultures. I can’t wait to be challenged on my beliefs and to develop myself as a person.
I have exactly a week and 2 days before I leave California and endure a 12 hour plane ride to Asia, my new home for the rest of the year. This is so surreal; I still can’t believe that I am going to be gone for so long. I know my time abroad is going to be amazing from Hong Kong to Shanghai, to wherever else I decide to visit… Just thinking about it brings a smile to my face. My goal while I am abroad is to be a “yes” girl. This is the perfect time for me to do whatever the heck I want. No more being self-conscious, no more feelin’ embarrassed, no more being afraid. This girl finna live it up while she’s abroad (: