One of the first things I booked and planned when I decided to spend my summer in the US was a bus and adventure travel tour. The route would take me down from San Francisco along the rugged coastline of the Big Sur, back to Los Angeles. I’d then spend some time in Joshua Tree National park, Las Vegas, and Zion National park before heading back to San Francisco.
It was a week of long bus rides, new friends, camping, dirty hair and exhausting but exhilarating hikes.
I was never and probably will never be a huge fan of camping but I enjoy it every once in a while. I feel better after having been uncomfortable and dirty for a couple of days. It makes me appreciate what I have more, learn how to deal better with awkward situations and exercises my patience. It grounds me in ways other things cannot.
This is why I’d urge anyone to put themselves out there and feel uncomfortable at least once a year. Go out there, smell like campfire and have sticky hands from all the S’mores you just made. The laughter and occasional shooting star will more than make up for that. I promise you.
I’m trying to find joy in simple pleasures more and more every day. However, there are also a lot of things I stumble upon that make me happy. Or things I find by accident. Or things I used to hate but grew to love. I’m such a lucky girl. I truly am.
This morning I was at the university library, studying for my upcoming exams when I decided to text a friend to see if she was up to grab some lunch together. I was hoping we could grab a quick bite to eat because I wasn’t sure if I’d see her before the summer holidays again. She agreed and then asked if I was up to go see Passenger at the Rathauspark because there was supposed to be an impromptu gig happening there. The Rathauspark (a park right in front of the city hall (=Rathaus) is right next to the university. It’s literally only a two minute walk. So we went to the supermarket, bought some salads and drinks and then plopped down in the park, listening to Passenger sing us some songs.
It was truly amazing. I’m not a huge Passenger fan. In fact I know all of two songs. One of them is being played to death by the local radio station and the other one’s a duet with Ed Sheeran. In any case, I was completely blown away. He was funny, cute, charming and humble. He seemed to truly enjoy himself while he was playing, bantered with the crowed, covered a couple of songs and encouraged everyone to join him and sing along. I know I just sat there and sighed because right there, in the middle of this crowd, sitting in the grass at 30°C weather, listening to him sing, I was so unbelievably happy.
Here’s to a summer full of unexpected opportunities. Full of possibilities. Full of joy and fun. A summer in which I hope to grow yet stay a child at heart and take pleasure in… the simple things.