“Some folks arrive into our lives and depart footprints on our hearts and we are in no way ever the very same.”
This is something I’ve realised more often recently. There are people who I have known for years and years and they have inevitably changed me and my life and equally, there are people who I haven’t know for quite as long but they have changed me and my perspectives and feelings nontheless.
“The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.”
Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670
It’s true, sometimes you have no idea why you think the things you think, or you do the things you do!
“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.”
In September this year, I head off to France for 9 months to study at the Université Catholique de L’Ouest in Angers. It is going to be an amazing opportunity for me; I should come back fluent in French and equipped with many life skills. But. I’m going to admit here that I am absolutely terrified. I have always been a girl who loves home, comfort and especially the people who make my surroundings the home I consider it to be. Moving away from everybody is going to be a massive step for me but I take comfort in knowing that France is a hop, skip and a jump over the channel and also in that I have obliged all of my loved ones to visit me haha! I think I take a bit of solace in this quote too; knowing that I can take these things and people along with me, no matter how far, because distance does not affect bonds and relationships. (*cringes a little at soppiness*)
“Don’t give into your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
I am going away travelling in Europe in a few days and I’m not gonna lie, I’m a little nervous to be facing all these new cultures and systems without someone there to look after everything. It’ll be good though; it is something I want to and have to do. If I gave into that anxiety and didn’t go, there would be a whole lot of stuff that I’d miss out on, and I think this quote and that thought rings true for many things.
“A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you’re fast asleep. In dreams you lose your heartaches, whatever you wish for, you keep…”
A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes, Cinderella
I absolutely love the Disney princess classics; Cinderella has to be one of my all time favourties. I love how the lyrics are so innocent and simple and also quite inspiring. Last night I had one of those dreams that I wanted to carry on for a few more hours and I woke up feeling happy. I can’t quite remember what happened but it was a good ‘un! These song lyrics led to me spending most of my morning reliving my inner child, watching Disney songs on YouTube. Click here for the song…
“If you speak to a man in a language he understands it goes to his head; if you talk to him in his language, it goes to his heart.”
I actually quoted this in my personal statement for my university application, which I came across today, and it reminded me why I’m doing what I’m doing. Languages are very powerful, allowing communication, expression, emotion, care and structure – from running a government to international relations, to relationships. I love that by learning new words, grammar, idioms and expressions, I can convey so much to so many people. Just the other day, I spent 20 minutes speaking German on the phone and managed to book some train tickets, as well as have a laugh and a joke with the German man on the other end!