My Dearest Europe,
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.