A Letter to Europe

A Letter to Europe

My Dearest Europe,IMG_2944
I came to you with a broken heart and a tortured soul. I had lost faith in myself, the rest of the world and the will to live.  My being was beyond bruised and damaged from years of self-neglect.  It was all so wrong.  When I decided to run to you, I did not know the extent to which you would affect me. I was a lost little girl, flying into Spain that day in August, and you helped me find my way. You began my healing process. You showed me so many breathtaking things, people and places.  How can I ever repay you?
Your cityscapes and skylines captured my heart- the heart I didn’t know had anything left of it. After 25 years of daydreaming, I saw your beautiful cities and towns in the flesh and I was reassured- this is where I was supposed to be. I needed you. The beauty, the love, the passion- I absolutely needed you.
I wandered and wondered all over your continent like a tourist and local at the same time- and you welcomed me either way. I was lost and found and a total mess- and you opened your arms all the same. How can I ever show my gratitude?
My past tortured me and I cried and I cried, I let it all out. You let me be me, and I felt uninhibited. I had forgotten what that felt like. Childlike sincerity came out of me without much thought otherwise and you showed me the same in return. I came here to find myself, and you enlightened me to so much more. You showed me a world worth living in, and reawakened my appetite for life.
I became alive after years of feeling dead inside. How did I ever become so dead? You never questioned me, you only accepted- and in response I accepted myself. You were my last hope, and you delivered tenfold. How can I ever thank you?
I will start with this letter, and I will continue with my actions. I will live with the spirit you helped me find for the rest of my life and I will share the lessons you taught me. I will love openly and I will remain a wondering wanderer who explores all avenues and alleyways. I will come back to you even stronger and happier someday soon and I will share the love you’ve given me with the rest of the world as I continue on this journey.
Dear Europe, I will never forget the fire you lit inside of me.
In a few days I will be taking that flame with me as I begin my travels through Asia.
Thank you Europe. Thank you.
HD

By |2015-11-09T09:38:35+00:00November 9th, 2015|Dear Diary, depression, Inspiration, Overcoming Fear|0 Comments

About the Author:

On August 14th, 2015 I left my life in the United States behind with the intention to never look back. I had the "American Dream" and I woke up from it, to create a new reality for myself. I sought out beauty in a world that was increasingly dark for me at the time and ended up finding more than I bargained for. With only a backpack, I traveled across Europe, South East Asia and then on to Africa. With over 30 countries stamped in my passport, I've become an entirely new version of myself with a broader perspective on what it means to be a woman in today's world. My hope is that by sharing my stories and featuring women like me from around the world, we can inspire others to break down their own internal barriers and go cross a few international borders while they're at it. I truly believe travel can be healing to a troubled soul, empowering to the lost and rejuvenating for the exhausted. Perspective is everything, and I believe in the power of "going global," what about you? SheGoesGlobal.net is a site that started out with my stories and grew into a platform for women all around the world to tell their travel tales of trials and triumph. We all believe that the more you see of the world, the better you can be as a person who inhabits it. Women encouraging other women to grow, travel, evolve- that's what SGG is all about. ---> Read my very first blog post (see "Archives" for August 2015) to learn how this all began.

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  1. valerie hansen November 9, 2015 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Great post and very inspiring, I want to visit Europe so bad, hope I make it there someday! Thanks for sharing your heart!
    valerie

  2. Carrie Massie November 9, 2015 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Beautiful words Heather, I have loved your posts and seeing the journey you are taking. I am so proud of you to be able to overcome such hurt and loss, you are a strong beautiful woman!

  3. Dang Travelers November 16, 2015 at 12:55 am - Reply

    Beautiful. I hope you find even more love and inspiration on your next journey!

  4. Voyager November 16, 2015 at 1:07 am - Reply

    Awesome post. Europe is always so refreshing! 🙂

  5. tessciarloni January 19, 2016 at 12:19 am - Reply

    Beautiful! I could write countless love letters to Europe – Italy specifically – it’s one of the most amazing places on earth!

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