Letting Go

It feels so odd not being on campus to experience the beginning of another semester! As I mentioned in my last post, I will be studying abroad these next four months in Paris. I write this post as I take a break from packing and getting all of my things in order before I leave on Friday (SO.SOON). It doesn’t quite feel real yet, but I’m sure when I am on the plane over the ocean it will hit me, who knows. Either way, I am mentally and emotionally preparing myself for this new journey.

I am not the one to make a resolution for the new year, but I decided to make one for 2015 and it is this: To let it be and to let go. I am a planner, an organizer, and when things don’t go as planned, I get upset and focus on the negative side of the situation. I need to learn how to accept things as they happen, the good and the bad. I have no doubt that something will go wrong while I am France, because I am learning to live in a country I have never lived in before. Things happen. I will get lost, take the wrong train, and will surely (definitely) mispronounce words 95% of the time. When something goes wrong, I can either dwell on the negativity or pick myself up and let that bad energy go. I will choose the latter. Anyone who knows me knows that this will not be easy for me (I’m looking at you, Mom!) as change is a slow process, but well worth the wait.

I hope that my resolution of letting go this year will allow me to focus on what is happening right now in my life. Too often we let what has happened in the past affect us from living in the present. I know I have, and it has only kept me from moving forward. Undoubtedly, these next four months will change my life. I will make mistakes, I will have setbacks, but I will also be learning something new every day.

I hope that this year treats you all well and that you will all learn to let go in your own lives.

See you soon from Paris!

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Marisela Meraz

Hello! My name is Marisela, but everyone knows me by Mari. I am a senior at Hope majoring in English with an emphasis on writing and minoring in French. I am also part of the Theta Gamma Pi Sorority on campus. In my free time, I enjoy baking, taking photos, watching Netflix, and making music playlists for my friends. I am so excited to share my Hope experiences with you all!

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