“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.” —Aaron Rose ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After spending a lovely weekend in Vienna, I’ve just arrived in the Czech Republic to the beautiful town of Brno—full of entrepreneur spirit and tiny buildings and streets.  “Every city is a ghost.” ―Libba Bray ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Being in Europe feels like such a luxury— backpacking from hostel to hostel surrounded by beautiful streets and markets and bakeries and beautiful architecture is food for the soul. Every day I’m pouring over city maps and working in cafes, drinking gallons of coffee and squealing inside at the piles of crispy bread and stacks of pastries.
 “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” ― Albert Camus ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Yesterday, I found myself climbing the three flights of stairs in the hostel two at a time— the first time since the accident. All of sudden, I was running up the stairs and there was no pain, and I cackled with glee and bounded up the remaining stairs to jump around on the landing to celebrate. What I’m saying is, if there’s no one there to celebrate with you, celebrate with yourself. Support yourself. Love yourself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Every day is about making the most of what we’re given— not wishing something hadn’t happened, or to be someone else in a different place, or circumstance, or life. The only thing we can change is ourselves— if you can only walk, walk, and when you can sprint, run up three flights of stairs two at a time and celebrate that blinding, all-encompassing moment of joy.  “Do or do not, there is no try.” —Yoda ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ I’ve had a blast here this past month— and I do mean right here in this spot, as I’ve barely left this compound save to go running in the mornings or grab an iced green tea out on the main road. ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ I found such an awesome, supportive community here in Muay Thai— training twice a day in 90 degree heat sweating on and hitting each other has been the best time. It’s taken me years to accept endings, to not mourn for places I’ve left and people I’ve left behind, but every new beginning has an ending somewhere and life marches onward- hopefully with a new skill and a new place and amazing people added to that life roster. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve been eyeballing my down climbing jacket hanging on my door here for the past few weeks, and when I roll out of bed tomorrow at 5 AM to catch my flight, I’ll be wearing it all the way to the airport to celebrate the cooler weather coming. Romania here I come. Onward.
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