Moment of Thankfulness.

I had a B.F.O. today.

 It is a favorite term of one of my role models. He is a man who first met me and my overwhelming number of siblings with a pen and paper in his hand. He has since completely mastered all 12 of the names in my family (goodness, even my mom isn’t that good).

 He writes everything down, from notes in a regular sunday morning service to tiny bits of info he hears as he marches, or rather stumbles (hip problem), through life. And boy does his curiosity and love for learning pay off. The man is a walking encyclopedia. 

I digress. I wish I had time to tell you about my book full of role models.


I was browsing through old blog posts today when my Blinding Flash of the Obvious came. All these years I’ve been longing to see the world, to travel and have adventures:

(excerpt from my very first blog post) 

…My parents biggest mistake was buying a beautiful world map and framing it smack dab in the middle of our living room. Throughout those oh so important shaping years of childhood I could not help but stare at that map every time I trotted down the stairs. I would often hop up on our brick hearth to get a closer look and lose myself in the depth of of my tininess as compared to the glorious world. Somewhere between the wonder and disbelief in so big a world – I decided I would visit every continent, even antarctica, someday. 

Even though I’ve dreamed so long (and will continue to dream, don’t you worry about that) about traveling to foreign places. I realize that the most important journey, the longest one, the one full of the most cherishing memories and scariest adventures – has already started. That is the journey called life, and as a traveler in training I am learning to enjoy every moment of it.
SLOW DOWN THERE. I think I missed something. I mean, I think I just learned something from my younger self. Is that weird? In all the joy and dreaming of future adventures, I’ve forgotten how much the Lord has already given me. 

I say that I am preparing for the adventure of a lifetime, but looking back it is embarassingly clear that the journey has been well under way for a while. So for a moment, just a short moment, I’m going to stop planning my next adventure and I am going to thank God for all the wonderful places he has taken me already.

When I actually started thinking about it, I couldn’t believe how many places I’ve already explored:

Here all my posts complaining about being stuck in paradise (I’m a strange one)

Hawaii – Another Perspective
Them MonkeyPod Trees
I finally look back and realize the beauty


Oh and that time I fell completely in love with NYC

I found my Home
NYC Rant 
Pardon a little more NYC rantage


Aside from what is documented here, I’ve also managed to drive across the country (or rather ride across the country) over 20 times in my 18 years. I know the entire interestate 40 like the back of my hand, and am pretty handy with interstate interstate 10, 20, and 80. You know you’ve got your America down when random rest stops in Illinois feel vaguely familiar and when the gas station employees in the middle of the New Mexico desert recognize you.

Planning a trip abroad is hard. There have been a lot of financial hurdles and such thrown in the way. I’ve been trying to get to London since junior high, and I still feel about as far from that dream as ever. And yet, I can’t complain. Wherever I am, there is much to see and do. Most importantly, no matter where I go I can enjoy my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the end, He is all that matters anyway. 

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

2 thoughts on “Moment of Thankfulness.”

  1. You have done a lot of travelling! That is quite cool! I always longed to travel…(I was obsessed wtih geography when I was in school. I used to be able to name every country of the world from memory. o.O) But now i'm actually okay with just hanging around in Australia. lol I WOULD love to see Europe someday.

    I love those moments when you're younger self teachers you something, right?!


  2. Thanks. Traveling is kind of my thing. But who knows, perhaps if I lived in Australia, I'd be able to settle down too : )

    Oh yes, and teaching myself? It happens embarassingly often. The result of journaling since I was nine years old. I learn a lesson, forget it for a few years, and then learn it again. Life is terribly cyclical.


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