It’s been a year to remember- one full of the unexpected and also one that has tested my ability to adapt. This year has forced me to face my weaknesses and helped me to build strengths; it is definitely a year of growth and discovery.
In this year, I have moved to another country much different to my own. I am now considered “white” rather than Latino. My career has been put on hold and taken a bit of a reverse. On the flip-side, I now work for an organisation I believe in and with amazing people that I probably would have never gotten to befriend otherwise. I was thrust into a tight-knit group of childhood friends (I was so overwhelmed in the beginning) and now consider them to be my own. I fought off the worst case of homesickness I have ever had while living in a new place. I realised that my adventurous spirit has limitations. I have become more vigilant and aware, less trusting of strangers. My attitude against inequality has deepened. I have seen beauty in the form of culture and landscape that is completely new to me and leaves me awe struck. I am getting married at the end of the month and I have calmed down and settled happily. Home is now a very ambiguous word to me.
My life has completely changed and in a way, so have I.
Through all the struggles I am happier than when I started and I feel like I can do anything I put my mind to.