Facing the unknown


January 22, 2017

La gente no debe temer a lo desconocido si es capaz de conseguir lo que necesita y desea.” (Paulo Coelho)

People shouldn’t be afraid of the unknown if they are capable of getting what they need and want.

     I’m leaving for Córdoba, Argentina in about three weeks, and to be completely honest, it still doesn’t seem real to me. I’ve been telling people that I’m more excited than nervous about this upcoming adventure, but at the core of my soul, I know that the nerves are going to start kicking in, most likely the night before I head to the airport in New York. (February 9) As I was driving with my mom on one of our mother-daughter trips today, she asked a question that really made me think. She inquired, “You’re ready to go to Argentina, aren’t you?” Of course, I enthusiastically said yes, but deep down, I asked myself, “am I really ready to leave everything that I know here in the states behind and embark on an unknown journey?” I feel like I am, but am I really?

     The more I ponder on this question, the more I realize that it’s time for a change. I love being a student at Susquehanna University and it’s going to feel different waking up in the morning knowing that I’m not on campus getting myself prepared for class. But, it’s time to experience something new. I’m about to do something that I have always wanted to do since I first began studying Spanish seven years ago; that is, travel to Argentina, a Spanish-speaking country. When I think about all the new things I will learn, the friends I make, traveling new lands and becoming fluent in the Spanish language, fear of the unknown fades away.  

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