6.04.2012

thoughts on layover.


When I was young, I spent a lot of time wondering what I might be when I grew up...my grade school "When I Grow Up" portfolio reveals that I've long been undecided. I wanted to do everything.

Well, not quite everything. I can't say that what's coming after this thirteen hour flight was on my list. "Move to an extremely foreign country with my newlywed husband" wasn't depicted in that ol' portfolio. Even now, as I sit mere minutes and feet away from the jetway to Kuwait City, I cannot state what I want to be when I grow up. I can't say that this experience is what I want. Were someone to offer me a pretty, easy out to someplace like Italy or France...I can't say I'd choose this path less traveled.

But sometimes life does a really beautiful thing in forcing you down a path you'd never have chosen. And in those moments, there is nothing left to do but just dive in. Or in this case, scan my boarding pass, fly across the ocean and hug my husband.

Sitting here, I've just decided what to be when I grow up: I just want to be brave.

So, let's do this thing, Life. Make me be brave.

24 comments:

  1. I love this. I don't think profession matters nearly as much as character.

    Best of luck. And I can't wait to hear about it at all.

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  2. We have a sign hanging prominently in our living room that reads "Be Brave". It's the #1 lesson I want to teach my children. #2 is Be Kind. Go get em, Bethany!

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  3. I think you are brave already!

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  4. This is beautiful. I think you're already brave and this experience will only make you stronger. I want to be brave too. So very badly. Good luck on that flight and just remember that your love is waiting on the other side. I've always liked the quote that says, "Life begins outside of your comfort zone."

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  5. You are indeed brave. Keep your head held high and enjoy the time with your husband. What you're doing usually isn't even an option to most. I'll hold down the small towns in WI for you!

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  6. you're already brave.
    :) duh!

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  7. traveling to a new and foreign place? that is brave. something many people would never dare to do. :)

    hannah

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  8. Such a wonderful post. Have a safe flight! :)

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  9. You've made me cry! Go be brave and have the most amazing life, Bethany. I'm cheering for you! And I bet Gabe can't wait to hold you in his arms again. Hooray for romance, be it in France or Ireland or Kuwait!

    xo

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  10. You are very brave! Wishing you much peace and happiness on this new adventure.

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  11. You made me a bit weepy there.

    Lets be brave.

    I like that very much.

    Safe travels. xx

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  12. So eloquently put. I absolutely love it. I've followed you for a while now and am excited for you and the adventure that awaits you. Can't wait to hear more about your brave new life!

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  13. i love this. you are very brave. :) one of my favorite little quotes that i have framed right beside my vanity is:

    “Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." Christopher Robin to Pooh

    Can't wait to read about your adventures! :D

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  14. Oh, dear friend, you already are brave. I'm so excited to see what this move does for your sweet soul. Now go, soak up your husband! :)

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  15. Bethany, you are beyond brave. I'm so excited to read what this next part of your journey brings. Even if you are living a less styled life, I know you will find beauty all around you.

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  16. I think "Brave" is a pretty good profession to go into. And being the first of our little GG clan to take such a giant leap of faith, kind of makes you our fearless leader... ! Will definitely be turning to you for advice on how to transition, adapt, and stay positive. Your attitude in all of this deserves my whole sticker collection. For realz.

    And I have a pretty cool sticker collection. I'm just saying.

    Stay strong. You ARE brave. And your life is RICH for making moves as bold and unpredictable as this one.

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  17. you ARE brave - you already are! all the best and the savest of trips for you!

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  18. Adding this to my lil' list of goals:

    "When I grow up, I want to be like Bethany."

    Got get 'em, Bethany.

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  19. beautiful!!! :) so happy you'll be able to give your husband a huge bear hug when you get there!!!

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  20. i have been peaking into your blog for the past couple of months and can relate to a lot of what you are going through...just on a smaller scale. i am going to try to be brave too when i start medical school in a small town in west virginia. it is a lot of firsts for me and i just want to be brave and enjoy the experience as well. thank you for sharing :-)

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  21. Good luck Bethany!

    You already are brave, but nothing will add to that bravery more or faster than living abroad. This adventure will change you in ways you never expected and will prove to you there is nothing you can't do.

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  22. You just have the most beautiful way of putting your thoughts into words. I'm excited for your new adventure!

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  23. (Found you from 'Expat & the City' - welcome to Kuwait!) Moving here was definitely a risk and an adventure, but 2 years on I'm so glad I did! Life is good when we take risks and have adventures. Have a WONDERFUL time!!

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