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The Next Crazy Venture Beneath the Skies


I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.
~Lillian Smith

And, like all good things, my South American adventure has finally come to an end. Back home in Chicago, I wonder how long I will able to stay planted before the inevitable wanderlust uproots me again. Furthermore, for the first time in my life, I am encountering the terror and the excitement of not having a plan. It is utterly unnerving yet somehow thrilling to stand at the precipice of a new stage in my life and not know where the next step will carry me.

So, here I sit, soaking in the peace of familiarity while trying to map out an unknown future. I feel strangely like a recent college grad, though the wrinkles spreading across my forehead prove otherwise, as I embrace the struggle to find a job that pays well, fulfills me, and helps others. But, unlike a recent grad, I have five years of independence behind me, years spent traveling to places that made me gasp in wonder and awe, years spent listening to and bumbling through Spanish until I could understand, years spent learning from the children I was teaching. Years of embarrassments and years of triumphs, years of discovery and years of loss.

I may not have a plan yet, but I have the memories and experiences that have shaped me over the past five years to give me the tools to get started. So, I dig through old resume and cover letter files, I take a deep breath, and I begin.

Posted by lhamman1 12:45 Archived in USA

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Hey Laura, I have followed your blog over the course of your journey and I wanted to wish you well in the next steps of that journey. I have really great memories of the two weeks I spent staying at Rosa's in Quito and studying at VidaVerde, and glimpsing into the vibrant lives of the young women who I met there - you, Megan, Johnnie and I can't remember the other names anymore! Anyway, to me, you're a great reminder to fully embrace life, and your writing is very nice to read too. All the best :-)

by Katie Hopkins

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