Doesn’t the timing of something sometimes surprise you? I was just going through some old journals of mine that I came across today and I found an entry from three years ago. It was an entry all about my thoughts about moving abroad because three ago today I received my visa to move to Spain.
Here is an excerpt of what I was thinking about moving to Spain just three years ago:
I can’t believe it. I feel like I’ve been waiting forever. I’ve just received my visa from the Spanish consulate in Miami and it made everything seem that much more real. With a plane ticket and a visa, I feel ready to take on the world and chase my dreams. This is actually happening. I am actually moving to Madrid.
I am going to live my childhood dream. I am going to live the life I used to only dream of living. I am going to conquer my fears and go into the unknown.
So here’s to enjoying the last of my days in the place I have always known, and going off to create a new chapter in my life.
And here’s to making the changes that alter our lives forever.
It was incredible to realize that for almost three years I’ve been living here and living a life that has had its ups and downs, complications, tears of joy (and frustration) and above all, lessons. Life here in Spain isn’t how I imagined it would be when I first thought about moving here. I certainly never believed I’d be here this long. Or that I didn’t see myself returning “home”.
This is home for me now. My family and most of my closest friends are still in America, but Madrid is home for me now. This city is my city. Living abroad, at least for a short while, was always a dream of mine and I always knew I was born to travel. I’ve traveled much less this past year than in my first two years here, but that needs to change. This year I’m going to dedicate myself again to seeing as much of this world as I can. Because, how many people can say they’re living their dream?
So, let’s see what the future holds for me here in Madrid, or wherever else this crazy life may take me. All I know is I’m going to continue making the changes I feel I need to make, no matter how scary.