By Elise WolnerI realized today that my stay in Ireland is about half over. It was a very bittersweet realization because I have been so incredibly happy here but at the same time I am looking forward to being home again. I am amazed at how easy it is to be joyful here. Even on the mornings where waking up for class is a struggle, I still find myself so grateful that I took this opportunity. Louisburgh isn’t seen as anything exciting to the locals, but I think that’s what makes it so appreciated by me. I’ve never lived in a city with a population less than 40,000 but I don’t feel deprived being here. Sure, at home I can shop on Sundays and order late night pizza whenever I want, but here I’m five minutes from the ocean. I’m invited over for dinner by my professor. I’m watching herds of sheep raise their lambs.
I’m appreciating the little things that make me smile.
Because honestly there’s so many of them here! I’m starting to believe that the less a person has, the happier they are because they don’t take anything for granted. Sure I miss being able to play piano and driving, but that will make me love every second of those things once I’m able to do them again. Even writing about these little things is making me smile! It’s amazing how much your attitude affects your life. Smile on smilers.