Sipping tea at my kitchen table and chatting with a friend of mine, I opened up a blog to find this quote:
Don’t tell me the sky is the limit when there are footsteps on the moon.
It made me smile, I translated it for her, and I kept scrolling down the page. I didn’t think of the quote again until now, after I opened an email from the Spanish government accepting me into their teaching program for the 2013/2014 school year in Basque Country.
Excitedly, I accepted the placement and giddily told friends about my news.
As I laid on my bed, processing the information, I listened to the waves crash and the rain patter on my window and I thought about all my decisions this past year. And where I am today, I’ve made this happen. Me.
I’ve scrambled around getting paperwork and background checks, signing up for Spanish classes and finding work, an apartment and making new friends. I’ve figured out how to follow my dreams of living abroad, learning languages, and living with only what I need.
And although I did all the dirty work, I had one of the best support teams anyone could ask for — I have some of the best parents, friends and extended family in the world. Every single on of them have been so supportive and loving during the process of my decision making and of me starting my life here — and so far away, too.
So, cheers to this coming year. To a new visa, a new adventure, and many more memories of my Spanish life.
Cheers to the people who don’t think the sky is the limit and the universe is really ours for exploring. Cheers to all the family and friends who support people like us — thank you!