Why, hello there my dears! I have not written a blog post in awhile since I’ve been on the tipping point of my study abroad whereabouts.
Waiting to receive my Tier-4 VISA from the UK Consulate was probably the most stressful occurrence to deal with if you want to study abroad and complete an internship. I had many disgruntled thoughts in the past two weeks before my departure date which is this coming Friday that perhaps this dream to study abroad will not happen. Yet, everyone that I would talk to seemed very nonchalant about the time constraints and I felt simply isolated and I wonder now if it was just the Universe letting me know that everything would be ok–exactly like what everyone told me when I brought up my doubts.
So, I sit here in the kitchen writing to you with a very complacent grin on my face thinking how easy life would be if we could do without stress, fear, and negativity. However, I am a firm believer in balance and life is full of it. To really understand the good we must compare it with the bad.
Finding out that I can go to Scotland now, I sent out the social media updates of course and some few text messages. I need to visit some family members before I go and need to exchange my money. And the money situation will be elaborated in future posts as I have a cute little idea in my head about it. Upon my new-found enthusiasm for life, I decided to research the current events of the Celtic country and I discovered that there is a raging disease that could kill people and it’s called Legionnaires’ Disease or “Legion Fever.” Currently, only one man died from it.
I have never heard of this bacterial disease before and immediately wondered if it is anything like “Swine Flu.” And we all know what happened when that entered my reality…my high school graduation was limited to close relatives and minimal administration to carry out the ceremony. It was a frightening and fear-stricken day since all of us – “Milts” were concerned for our health and the fate of our admission into the big bad world. Everything turned out well on that day too.
Fear and stress are made for each other.
As I reflect on those adventures and new beginnings I shall not let these cantankerous ingredients disturb my whimsy fantasy in traveling abroad. Simply, make notes of the facts and prevention is key. For example, “Legion Fever” is not contracted via touch and can be treatable. I am fairly confident in the country’s actions to quarantine this bug.
Prevention is the best medicine they say…right? Well, a good friend of mine also would advise me with this witty saying:
“Measure twice and cut once.”
Even though it’s a great reminder for design needs, but as for stress I think it works just as well. Measure all the stress in your life and cut it out the first time around by being positive or aspiring to be stress-free. Stress does come into our lives and won’t leave entirely as we often need to work for our efforts, but having a constant reminder to be positive really helps keep that young spirit alive.