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What dreams are made of*

June 4, 2012

Every day, I think about four things: what episode of “Friends” I’m on, my family’s upcoming trip to Richmond, my upcoming study abroad in Florence, and next semester at KU. These are the things that keep me up at night (for real) and the things about which I dream.

“Friends”: one of my goals for the summer is to watch the 236 episodes of “Friends” in order from the beginning; I just finished season three and am making fantastic progress. The other night, I dreamed that Lisa Kudrow, who plays Phoebe on “Friends,” and I were at the Hillel at KU eating Shabbat dinner. Now, that told me multiple things: I’ve been watching too much “Friends,” I miss KU, and I have an inner desire to become involved with the Hillel next year. Good stuff.

Richmond: my family is going to Virginia this Friday for a short trip to visit family and a few friends. I’m excited, as usual. Even though I wasn’t born in Richmond, being back there reminds me of who I was, have been, and am in a way no other place can. In the first couple years after I moved to Kansas, I had dreams that combined the two worlds–places and people. It was always interesting to be walking around Deep Run in my dream-world and suddenly run into random people from Kansas in the dream’s cafeteria. That was always particularly weird because I haven’t been back to Deep Run in four years. But anyway, it’s been almost a year since I’ve visited the state, so I’m excited to be in town.

Florence: I must admit, I have Italy panic attacks on a daily basis. I go through stages of being super excited to travel somewhere and being nervous about something trivial. I know once I get there, it will be amazing and unforgettable, but throughout these next four weeks, my mind will be throbbing like crazy as I try to think of plans to attack the nerves. My dreams regularly consist of a reminder for Italy, like telling me I’ll need to check in before my flight and such.

On another note, as my departure nears and I hear about my friends’ early days in Florence, I’ve been getting anxious. I’ve also been thinking about the “Lizzie McGuire Movie” from years ago, in which the title character goes to Italy and has the time of her life. I’m hoping to have eye-opening experiences. I feel like I have a pretty good understanding of who I am and what I want in the future, but I hope that between the museum visits and train travels, I get more of a sense for what I want out of life, get a new perspective on the world, and truly grasp the meaning of this. Now, I’m aware that I’m only going for a month and I’m only 19, but I know this study abroad will be the adventure of a lifetime, no matter what.

KU: I’m enjoying summer, but I’m totally looking forward to next year at KU. I feel kind of badly about that, for I love my family and being home and everything I get to do this summer. But I’m just excited for everything the new year has to offer. I’m not a freshman anymore, and I know what I want to do and be involved with when I go back to school. I just know next year will be incredible.

And there you have it, folks: a look inside my mind the past three weeks.

*And for the record, the title of this post is an allusion to the “Lizzie McGuire Movie” and ends in a preposition because of it. No worries, if I had written the song, there would have been no such preposition at the end.

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