(WITH BREAKS FOR COFFEE AND SNACKS)
Sometimes you find yourself doing a little bit of administrative office work while listening to Paul Simon´s Graceland and you realize your project is soon to end.
I have been living in Denmark for 10 months.
I often like to say that my life so far has been changed too many times that there is only room for small modifications.
But! there are so many wonderful things that wouldn’t have happened to me if I haven’t been in Denmark.
Also I have witnesed many of my friends become truly changed by this experience, being for the first time away from everything they have ever known.
But what has this experience done to me?
Well, I do feel more adulty, (if that’s even a word and if it isn’t, it should be).. I see dust everywhere (somebody help me), I browse those supermarket newspapers looking for discounts, I wake up at 8 even on weekends. Also, now I know how to properly cut a mango, make rice without burning it, and that all racoons and koalas have chlamydia.
Another thing that just screams adulthood is the fact that I had a 9 to 4 kind of a volunteering job, which at first was really hard to get used to (especially for someone whose ideals are Steve Irwin and Jacques Cousteu and who has just finished university and spent last 6 years mostly studying at night!) but I got semi-used to it and especially to Friday breakfasts at the office <3)
But Denmark and to be exact-Brabrand ❤ has become a home.
It would be a lie to say it was always easy and pretty. Because it wasnt.
But that’s the law of averages – it can’t always be good and it can’t always be bad. The balance is necessary.
Nothing in nature blooms all year and I sure do not expect myself to do so.
There are many valuable things I learned along the way and things I came to understand but I am only yet to learn.
But I am in no hurry. I am taking my time. Trusting the process. I am coming back home to myself.
To sum up my year in Denmark here short:
- I have met a lot of wonderful people along the way. We have laughed, we have cooked, we have complained.
- I have exchanged music, laughed and planned a bike trip home with my precious little Juvenile gang. The National songs will never be the same.
- I have had some of the best food fights with my roommate, cooking and laughing and talking about the meaning of life.
- I graduated! but boy, was your girl struggling. And hey power of not giving up is real !
- I have biked through Brabrandstien about 1473247 times and walked the sandy beaches.
- I have sat on the Infinity Bridge and looked at the endless sea.
- I have waited the bus number 11 at the Kosterport bus station where once I was called a witch and one time I was also asked by this homeless person “why are you still alive”
- I have worked for non-profit exchange organization Dansk ICYE and helped many young people who wished to volunteer in Denmark and also who were volunteering. (if you want to go volunteer, ask me how! :))
- I have seen some really good concert at Eskobar, Dom of Visions and Radar
- I have ran next to the Brabrand lake and watched the seasons change
- I almost got blown away during the wind storm after the New Years
- I’ve had many nights walking back to Brabrand after a fun night of Friday bars and missing the night bus.
- I’ve had proper Danish Christmas dinner with the people at the office and I learned how to make a Christmas star and a heart ( kind of)
- I also had another funny Christmas dinner with people at the office during which we learned belly dancing and had Indian dinner
- I now like putting jam on cheese! ( and man, do Danes like their breakfast sweet!)
- I have visited many places and cities in Denmark and also my precious little Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Sweden and Czech Republic
- I’ve learned some of Danish (I can now read a novel in Danish!) and I laughed a lot with my silly classmates at Lærndansk (langugae school)
- I got a better insight in how international organization works and now I am seriously considering one day starting an ICYE office
I would like to thank everybody who made this experience a little more special for me.
To people at my office, for all the help, patience, knowledge and ofcourse for giving me this opportunity.
To my bike, Matty Healy a lovely companion and a true sport.
And for D, – who grows flowers in my mind
If there is anybody wondering if they should take upon this little adventure:
Don’t hesitate. Just go.
Travel as far as you can.
Live in the present.
Don’t cry over spilled milk (unless you really, really wanted the milk, and if that’s the case, go to the supermarket and buy a new one! And if REMA 1000 is not working cause it is holidays… just walk to Fakta!)
And don’t obsess wheter you are making the right decision. In words of Deepak Chopra : “The universe has no fixed agenda. Once you make any decision, it works around that decision.”
World is full of possibilities. We can re-invent ourselves everyday.
Be curious. Be happy. And go explore!
One more little note: maybe being in front of abyss is not a bad thing -maybe it allows us to be undefined, and right now.. I am so okay with that. Definition excludes the possibility to change and I am not done changing, experimenting, trying.
I’m off to new adventures,
To keep not settling.
And to keep on learning.
So much more of world to see, I’m almost scared of how much more and how insanely curious and anxious I am to see it.
If I can leave you with one thing, I hope is this quote:
“Maybe that’s enlightenment enough – to know that there is no final resting place of the mind, no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom, at least for me, means realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.”
Vi ses <5-2
Bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao, ciao, ciao.