We all have those moments now and then that at the time seem like the worst possible situation. You get caught in the rain with paper grocery bags and no taxis in sight (freshman year this happened) or the airline miss tags your luggage and it goes to Frankfurt & they can’t trace it, so when they finally call to say that it has been located breathe a sigh of relief.
I feel like I’ve been a broken record for the past week about this damn luggage story, but if it has taught me anything, it’s that in the moment these situations may suck, but as you take a step back and look at what is actually happening, sometimes it’s almost a blessing in disguise, or at least a fun adventure
I was texting with my mom the other day, towards the end of my time in London about the increasingly large bill that US Airways would be getting in the near future for things I have purchased in the past few days – I mean when you have lululemon workout clothes in your bag, you’re entitled to purchase new ones for the workout class you had already registered for right? And as I was starting to go through all that had happened – the lack of sleep, delayed and canceled flights, rain upon arrival, sunshine two of the days, etc. I started to smile and laugh a bit. In all of this craziness, I still had a fabulous time in London and ‘having’ to go shopping was an excuse to explore nearly every part of the city I loved – Chelsea, South Kens, Notting Hill, Oxford, Soho, Covent Garden, etc.
When people ask me where I want to end up living, I keep saying I’ll move to London at some point after I’ve started to make a decent enough income to support myself and can find a job that allows me to work abroad, and if this adventure has taught me anything, it’s that I can easily jump back into the London life I had for a few months last fall and even when family is thousands of miles away, 8 hours behind in time zones, I can find my comfort and just ‘be.’
Who knows when I’ll actually end up living in London, or if that will even be a thing, but at least I know whenever I come to visit I’ll have plenty of new memories to look back and laugh about.