Find the Shortcuts

Happy Sunday, Readers! I hope your weekend is coming to a wonderful close and you aren’t too sad about starting the next week of school. For me, this week has been filled to the brim with everything from the awesome experience of starting class in a new country to the lovely views of Howth and Dublin Castle, but during these experiences I’ve noticed one vital characteristic about myself that I want to share with you: I hate taxis.

You weren’t expecting that, were you? I bet you were expecting “I’m homesick” or “cooking for myself is harder than I thought” (Which it is. I’ll touch on that more in coming blogs). No, no readers, I’ve discovered that whenever someone so much as mentions taking a taxi anywhere (and I mean anywhere) I get very flustered and disgusted because why would anyone want to pay money for a mode of transportation in such a small city when I have a mode of transportation right on my body? I have two perfectly good legs and you can be sure I’m using them to the fullest. Seriously, I walked 50 minutes to a tour this weekend and dragged all my friends right along with me. They’ll thank me later. I even contemplated NOT getting transportation from the airport when I go to London. Why wouldn’t I just walk if it’s only a mile to my destination?

This might seem like a weird little quirk, but let me explain my logic behind it. There are so many places that your legs can take you that cars or trains or planes can’t. Your legs can take you on shortcuts. They can take you down side streets and back alleys, across back roads and under fences. They can help you climb ladders onto roofs and jump over streams and up the highest mountain where no car can travel. They are amazing, and this fact was reiterated to me when I went to the seaside town of Howth in Ireland on Friday.

I went with my IES program, and they helped me and 20 others hike up the side of a smaller cliff. It was a cool feeling going someplace that only my legs could take me – the edge of a cliff! Here’s the view:

Standing at the top of the cliff knowing that there was no other way to get to the spot I was at except with my legs was fantastic. And if you really think about it, your legs can take you to some pretty awesome places. I urge you all to walk whenever you get the chance. Don’t let places go undiscovered because you felt you had to take a taxi or a bus. Go discover! Go find the shortcuts! Make that a goal this week.

Until next time, Readers!

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” – Hebrews 12:1, another example of where our legs (and our God) can take us.

P.S. If you want more information about my Study Abroad trip in Ireland, as well as photos and insights, be sure to check out my personal blog, Irish Twins!

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Mikaila Bisson

Hi there! I'm a Hope Senior from Sterling Heights, Michigan (about 45 minutes North of Detroit). I'm an English major with a Creative Writing emphasis (fitting), and have a Business minor. I'm super active in Hope life. I am a Student Ambassador, the Senior Treasurer on the Executive Board of Nykerk, and was involved in Orientation as an AD. I also work on campus at the Career Development Center as a Career Advisor, and at Hope's Physical Plant. I love playing any kind of sport (soccer's my favorite!), have a weakness for shoes, eat dessert twice a day, read like its my job, am currently watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix, and have a passion for Golden Retrievers. Contact me at mikaila.bisson@hope.edu because I'd love to hear from any and everyone. Also feel free to follow my super trendy Instagram account at @miktroubleee or my equally as trendy, even more Hope-filled Twitter account at @hopemikaila17 .

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