Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Lessons in Europe

With a bit of reflection, I've come to realize that this year was all about life lessons.
Which is never fun while you're in the midst of it. I'm quite happy in my little ruts that I dig for myself thank you very much (not really, but the known evil is always preferred to the unknown, right?)!

These are a few of the things that I've learned (and am still in process of) this year; perhaps Nathan too for some of them. The real test will be whether or not I can put the knowledge that I've gained through these trials into practice. Just some more tools to add to my journey. They begin lighthearted and end a bit deeper just like the natural progression of my thoughts.

What I've learned:

-how to find a bathroom and order food in 4 languages other than English

- how a number of infections and illnesses are treated in another country

-how to do conversions with general accuracy (oven temperatures, weight, distance, why don't we all just go metric?)

-that our marriage has grown stronger through this experience; everything from the way we fight, to the way we show love to one another has matured and deepened. Through the difficult moments, Nathan and I managed to bond more tightly rather than pull away from one another. I did not expect that during trying times. Please let us know if we ever begin to look and dress like one another - don't want it to go too far.

- that I've lived and experienced firsthand what countless writers and authors have penned before me; essentially that life is not a series of accomplishments or milestones, but rather that which happens despite or without careful type-A planning

- life is not, and probably SHOULD not always be about the pursuit of happiness. Americans interpretation of our forefathers wisdom is messed up. Don't fight the lows, roll with them and have faith that they'll pass.

-it really. Really. Does not. Matter.

-sometimes, you just lose. The End. move on.

- and, at the heart of it all, God. is. God. I am me. He is sovereign over all. it's about Him. His kingdom. not me. this one truth and realization is the underlying lesson this year for me. Back to the basics, kids.