A acceptance authority abundant affection B belonging C character confidence communication D dignity doing E endless F familiar feeling freedom G giving H hope healing heart help I identity intimate J just joy K knowing knowledge L learning M morality N new nice needed O open P peace perfect presence protection provision performance presence powerful Q quiet quality qualifying R respect responsibilities S safety security T taking trust U understanding unconditional V value vulnerable W whole worth X* (comment below if you know a loving word that starts with X) Y* (comment below if you know a loving word that starts with Y) Z* (comment below if you know a loving word that starts with Z)
It’s an alphabet-long process, but when you find your true identity & worth, you will be able to receive & give true love in the best way possible.
I just went to the movie theatre here in Chile and watched a Spanish movie (w/o subtitles).
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It might not seem like such a weird thing, but that’s the best word I could think of to describe it.
It made me feel weird because I’ve been living here for 3 months and hearing Spanish everyday, so it’s become normal to me.
But, going to the movie theatre was a similar experience for me that I forgot I was even in Chile.
I just watched the movie in spanish and my brain hardly had to think about it (the words just made sense in my brain).
I mean, sure, there were pictures, which definitely did help, but, even in moments when the people were just standing still talking, I understood what they were saying like it was normal.
It was only after the movie that I realized that I had just watch an entire Spanish movie with no subtitles or translator and I actually understood it.
I actually laughed at the jokes when other people laughed (which is how I knew I was laughing at the right time and how I knew that I actually understood what was happening in the movie).
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So, you’re probably wondering why I’m telling you all this.
Well, one: Because I felt proud of myself and wanted to share it with someone.
And, two: Because I realized that I can maybe inspire someone out there to learn a new language.
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Now that I know that after 3 months of listening and living in Spanish I can watch a Spanish movie and understand it, it gives me hope that I can one day become fluent. And so, that’s what I’m trying to do.
After the movie, I really started trying to listen to people around me and actually respond with full sentences, not just one word. And, it’s actually been so worth it because it makes me feel happy to know that I understand what people are saying and that I can respond and be understood.
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And, that’s why I think everyone should learn another language.
It takes a lot of work and dedication, but in the end you will feel so proud of your accomplishment that you will want to continue to learn the language, and maybe even have the courage to try another new thing.
Fact: Did you know that more than half of the people that live in North America don’t own a passport?
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Now, I don’t know exactly how many people live in North America, but it’s definitely a fair amount. And, the fact that only half of us own a passport is very sad. I can’t believe that many people don’t see the need to own a passport and travel to another country. A passport is like the best and most valuable thing you can own. You can travel anywhere and fill your passport with stamps, your heart with memories and your brain with knowledge.
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So, I just googled it, and found out that about 579 million people live in North America and only about half of them own a passport. That means that about 290 million people in North America alone (I don’t know about in the rest of the world) don’t own a passport!
In my opinion, that’s not a good ratio, at all. (50% is not a good grade) That means that about 290 million North American have never traveled to another country. They have never left their comfort zone. They might never go to a passport office. They might never hold a passport in their hands. They might never get that feeling of excitement when they see that first stamp in their passport. They will not know what it’s really like to visit another country. They will never hear another language in a foreign country. They will never get that thrill of taking-off in a plane for the first time. They will never know the feeling of stepping foot into an unknown country. They will never experience the excitement and adrenaline of going to a foreign country.
All these reasons used to make me sad for those people, but, after writing them down, they just confuse me.
How can someone not want to travel and experience all those things? How can someone be so afraid to leave their comfort zone that they refuse to get a passport? (it’s really quite simple, just take a picture & fill out a form) How can someone be happy and content with their home country, knowing that there is so much out there to explore?
I mean, seriously though, a passport is truly the most valuable thing you can own.
So, if you are one of those people that doesn’t own a passport, just try one thing. Instead of buying that new smartphone or laptop, go purchase your first passport because for one, it’s cheaper and, the passport will actually make you feel richer. You probably think you will never use it, but I promise, once you own one and hold it in your own hands, you will want to use it and fill it up with stamps and memories.
AND, IF YOU’RE STILL NOT CONVINCED THAT YOU SHOULD PURCHASE A PASSPORT, HERE ARE A FEW QUOTES THAT MIGHT ENTICE YOU EVEN MORE!
Thanks for reading! I hope this encouraged you to, either: Buy a passport! or Start using your passport more often! Because no one should ever regret traveling!
Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future. -Robert H. Schuller
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So, before I begin, I should start by saying that I don’t know the person who said that quote, but, when I read it, I immediately remembered one of the main reasons why I made the decision to live here, in Chile, for 3 months.
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I knew that living here was going to be very different, and I would have to adapt to a lot of new things. I also knew, from experience, that travel teaches amazing & valuable skills & knowledge and it helps with (mental, physical & spiritual) growth. So, let’s just say that I wasn’t exactly terrified of this trip, and making this decision was pretty easy for me because I love traveling anyways. But, I still had some doubts in me about this decision (like, was it even the right one?). And, the only thing that kept me from letting doubt win was the excitement of travel, and knowing that I was doing something that would better myself and my future. I knew deep down that this trip was going to shape me and my future in some amazing way, and I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to travel more, grow more and shape my future.
Traveling shapes us in a way we don’t realize, until we come home & see what changed in our minds!
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That quote is a good reminder to have faith in your future, and to not let today’s hurts and fears stop you from accomplishing your dreams. It reminds you that, how you feel today does not define your future because if you keep hoping, praying and working, your dreams will become reality and you will be able to say that you accomplished your goals. It reminds you that even though traveling has tough moments (culture shock, fear of flying, fear of the unknown, etc.), it’s all worth it in the end because you’re working towards creating a better you and a great future for your better self. And, in that future, culture shock, flying & fear of the unknown will not be as foreign to you.
You might even, actually, start to love those aspects of traveling (I know, I definitely have).
Hurts only last for a period in time! But, Hopes can lasts forever (as long as you never lose your hope)!
So, whatever it is that’s stopping you from doing something amazing, put it aside and let your hope and faith in your future guide your decision because being hopeful is much better than being fearful.
Thanks for reading! I hope this post inspired you to go out & live your dreams because you should never let your hope fade & your hurts win!
Kill the hurts & fears by letting your hopes & dreams shape your future!