Whitney: times they are a-changin’

October 19, 2011

Up until today, I really haven’t been happy for more than a few minutes at a time. It’s been so hard to convince myself that coming to Berlin was the right decision because all I could feel was loneliness and all I could think about was everything I might’ve been missing back in West Bend and Minneapolis. I mean, thinking logically, a person should stay in the same city (or at the very least the same country) as the people they love. But here I am – 4,000 miles away from everyone that I love. I can’t help but look forward to the part of the day when I get to see a blurry version of Gus on my computer screen or an email from my mom in my inbox even though I should be looking forward to the millions of things I can do and places I can see in this wonderful city. Thankfully I can say that today, for the first time, I feel like I am not alone in this. I had my first ‘German as a Second Language’ class today, and even though I was the only American, it was so comforting to know that eveyone was new, everyone had no idea what was going on, and everyone was really nice. We did some corny activities to get to know eachother and since I’m from so far away everyone was genuinely interested in what I had to say. God, it was just so refreshing! That class meets again tomorrow, and I really hope it continues to push me away from fear and regret and in the direction of happiness and success.

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