Admittedly, I did not see everything I could or should have while in Buenos Aires; nevertheless, “Not Seeing Everything, Gives you Every Reason to Come Back to See Some Things.” I’m forever grateful for the first half of 2016 that involved living in Buenos Aires, meeting new people, and seeing new places.
Get into the last five of my Top 20 Moments Before Midyear, below:
16. Embracing My Buenos Aires Classmates & Friends: If anything, meeting & learning from the 70+ classmates and faculty from my study abroad program, was a confirmation on what I learned throughout my five years at university: you, in your humanness, cannot control everything. While exploring South America and the final semester of my undergraduate career with everyone in the picture above, I developed a mindset of being okay with not having everything figured out, but working towards figuring things out.
While I was a fifth-year senior at Pepperdine University, the majority of my classmates were sophomores at Pepperdine eager to figure out their next step in life. Our individual and collective experiences significantly showed that there is value in going through a process (not knowing every little step or knowing every “next move), yet additional value in knowing there is a purpose to the process.
17. Graduating University: The 18-year old boy that entered Pepperdine University five years ago thought that you could control everything, that you can control the majority of experiences that happen in your life (proving false with me landing in LA, rushing to Vegas for graduation prep, and driving overnight back to LA for all graduation festivities).
Nevertheless, all of those experiences—educational, international, and personal—brought me to my April 30th graduation and the realization that full control only belongs to God and its my purpose to spread the love of Christ to those in this diverse world through my skills, $300,000 & growing knowledge, and gifts.
18. Cinco De Mayo Nephew: Holiday babies intrigue me. Well, this year, my third nephew was born on Cinco de Mayo. His birth further pushes me to make a mark in this world for him to see & chase. Make a mark in this world for those you cherish to see & strive after.
19. Travelling & Exploring the West Coast: After returning to the country, I visited Seattle (Washington) and Eugene (Oregon) both for Track & Field purposes. I don’t run track; I was in both of these cities to support my sister. Whilst in each city, it was always great exploring various landmarks and trying various foods. While in Seattle, FELL IN ABSOLUTE LOVE WITH THEe BEST GARLIC FRIES (Below). Definitely have to visit Seattle again to find that spot with the fries! Find something new, learn something new, go somewhere new!
20. Watching My Sister Compete in Her First NCAA National Championships: Inspiring, indeed, was watching my sister compete in the 2016 NCAA Track & Field National Championships for the first time. From every winner to every loser, they all showed me—inclusive of my sister—that you will experience the manifestation of your destiny at God’s timing when we work hard, commit ourselves, and remain diligent.
Five More Insights & Inspirations to take into the Second Half of Your 2016:
- There is value in going through a process, whilst knowing there is a purpose.
- Full control only belongs to God
- Make a mark in this world for those you cherish to see & strive after.
- Find something new, learn something new, go somewhere new!
- You will experience the manifestation of your destiny at God’s timing when we work hard, commit ourselves, and remain diligent.