When I turned 25 I had a quarter life crisis. Most people would laugh at that, but after the difficult circumstances I had to endure and overcame while growing up, it was well founded. I felt like I had nothing to show for all the hard work and sacrifices I put forth until that point. So the very next day I booked a ticket to Ireland that in turn would change my life forever.
It was always a dream of mine to visit the place my ancestors immigrated from and Ireland did not disappoint. It truly is magical in every sense, from the people to the scenery.
I don’t know about anyone else but growing up in the tri-state area you tend to think the whole world revolves around your small little bubble. I quickly found out that couldn’t be further from the truth. Traveling to Ireland taught me how small we are in this expansive world. It also taught me how little we need to be truly happy, and that life is better lived with experiences not things.
Traveling as a solo female made me discover another side of myself. One that yearns to learn and grow as a human being, as well as an eagerness to immerse myself in new cultures and explore the world. It also made me realize that I wanted to live a more simple life. It really is surprising how little you need to be happy. It was the eye opening realization I needed to put my past scruples behind me and begin a life in the pursuit of happiness.
Ireland set me on this journey and I am so thankful for the many lessons it has taught me. I am truly grateful to all the people that have helped me along the way.
The one piece of advice I do wish I could pass on to everyone would be to go out and explore the world, there’s so much to learn! Travel really is the best education.
I dedicate this to Kian Hayes. To whom made my trip to Ireland a memory to cherish forever. I am deeply grateful for the hospitality he and his family bestowed upon me. Rest In Peace with the angels my friend 10/24/17