Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Another twist in the road...

I can't even count how many times my life plans have changed in the past year. It makes me think that I can't really plan big things like that in the first place - everything unfolds in its own way and I have to not be scared to go with the flow. Be calm and composed like a fluffy ninja cat. Thankfully, the latest change is quite a lovely one and not something I would ever complain about. In fact, it's something I've been dreaming of for quite a while.

In February 2010 I visited San Diego, California for the very first time and fell completely in love with the paradise around me. My parents always say I am like a lizard or plant because I live on sunshine. The sun is my primary battery (chocolate being the secondary one). California is the land of sunshine and it made me feel deliriously happy, I could not stop smiling. Ever since that time I dreamed of actually living in that paradise, but never thought that it was actually possible.

So here I was, already thinking of what to pack for England and, to be honest, dreading the cold and the rain. And then my student visa was rejected because of a silly technicality. My whole plan for the year and for my education just dissolved after reading one little e-mail.

Finally, the results of the turmoil character-building excitement: I am now living in California! And I will take the exact same MA degree at the University of Nottingham, but through distance education. At the end of this month, I will start a certificate program at UCSD so that I will be certified to teach English here in California. And my boyfriend will come to visit around Christmastime. Ahhh. The relief. The joy. Embracing what's happening even though it's not exactly how you initially planned it at all.

My ninja cat instincts are still intact and the ocean beckons to provide soothing relaxation and hours of beachside reading. It feels like everything is just as it should be, whew!!

1 comment:

  1. This is WONDERFUL news! It's funny how life throws us curveballs, and at the time we think it's the worst thing in the world, messing with our carefully laid plans. But then, we discover later that it's a blessing! This change of plans has certainly brought you to where you needed to be :) Sunny, sunny California! I know what you mean about the sun - delightful.

    Back when I was applying for colleges, I was soundly rejected by my top choice. At the time, I thought it was the worst thing in the world. I cried myself to sleep. Looking back, I know it was the best thing in the world, because if I had gone to that school, I never would have met Peter. I would have had a completely different life. Personally, I like the one I have :)

    Congrats, Lucy!

    (Also, I'm definitely going to use the phrase "fluffy ninja cat" ASAP ;) ).