I didn’t think readjusting to Spain would be so difficult after only two weeks away. In that time, I’ve had the chance to reflect on the past year. As it turns out, I hit a few giant milestones…in fact, 2014 was the year EVERYTHING changed for me. So, a little late, but here they are, my most memorable moments of 2014:
1. Acting in my last college play. My theatre experience at Boston College ended where it began–in the Bonn Studio Theatre. I got to play what I hope I will be like at age 60 (minus the dying of cancer part). Ana in Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House opened up a lot of introspection for me, but the best part was working with a tight-knit cast under my dear friend and director, Billy.
2. Graduating from Boston College. Well, there’s that. Having my parents, grandmother, and godfather there to celebrate my hard-earned degree was easily one of the proudest moments of my life. I was beaming the entire time, and I got to spend the entire week before with the people I had grown to love over the past four years.
3. First post-graduate job. Sure, it was only a summer gig, but it counts! I never expected to cry on my last day as an acting teacher at the University of Miami’s Summer Theatre Academy, but even now I find myself missing those kids and our many hours of playing make-believe.
4. Receiving my yoga instructor certification. This is probably one of the most special moments of 2014. In three short weeks (our class was an intensive training for advanced students), I learned more about myself than ever before. It’s cliche, but it really is true. Since my first class at age 18, getting my certification was a bucket list kind of goal. I never thought it’d be happening so soon, at this young age. I certainly have a long way to go, but being placed on the path is more than I could ask for. And the opportunity to grow with five amazing souls under our endlessly wise teacher was one I will always cherish.
5. Moving to Spain. Okay, so temporarily. At least for now. But this was probably the biggest challenge-disguised-as-frivolity I’ve ever undertaken. This is not studying abroad–it is living in a different country, with bills and a job, and where quinoa costs 7 dollars. Like anyplace I’ve lived, I soon learned that no place will stay magical for long unless you keep it that way. After enough time, the same old problems and habits catch up to us. I used to think a place could save me, but I’ve since learned the error of that mindset. No one can save me but myself.
There are other lovely highlights I’ve written in my [real-life, paper] journal, mostly related to traveling–Cape Cod with my mother and grandmother, Dominican Republic with my family, California to visit my best friend–but these are the main ones. I hope I can take 2015 for all it’s worth and continue to live a present, active existence. May this year bring you, whoever you are, positivity and love and, if you like it, good chocolate.
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson