I’m beginning the arduous and anxiety-inducing process of packing up the last 6 weeks of my life to bring back to the States. I specifically recall my mother telling me at the airport, “Now Taylor, don’t purchase much while you’re over there”. I definitely kept this in mind, but you know that I can find justifications for just about any purchase, as much as I would like not to…
So I’m scared of the weight of my suitcase, and also scared of how everything is even going to fit in the first place. But this is probably the least of my emotionally-relevant concerns. I have to say goodbye to this wonderful place that I’ve called home for the summer! And even worse, I have to say goodbye to the lifelong relationships I’ve formed in the short time I’ve been here. This isn’t like college where most of these people are from the US. Some of my friends here live all over the world and I may not see them again, or at least for a very long time. Thank goodness for social media (one of the only times you’ll hear me say that). But I guess, such is life. Or, so it goes, as Kurt Vonnegut would say.
Speaking of Mr. Vonnegut, another of his quotes is terribly relevant here. It goes, “I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and to exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is'”. This is a very important message that I’ve tried to channel this entire summer. There is such a stark contrast between the anxiety I feel when cramming for a test in the dark corner of a library in a place that can, at times, feel more like an enclosure than a blissful college campus and the liberation/serenity that comes from standing on top of huge mountains gazing at the world’s most incredible views or dancing and laughing with people from every corner of the earth. (Excuse the run-on sentence please, there was too much to say.) My point is this: I’ve tried with every bone in my body to relish every breath of the fresh Norwegian air and let the laughter warm me like champagne and to hold on to these moments, so that they may carry me gracefully back into college life where I’ll need them most.
Today I’m going swimming… which I don’t actually enjoy doing that much but I figured that I probably need to cross that off my bucket list. I should be studying for finals cause I haven’t really done much work for my class at all but I feel like those can wait?! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahah
On to the most recent outfits. The first is a very plain outfit, but comfortable, that I wore to visit Ekebergparken for my art class to admire the sculptures. I don’t really have more to say about it because it was a last-minute, no-effort look since I was lazy.
The next outfit I wore on one of the few lovely days to go shopping and cute-café-hunting with my roommate. It actually had spaghetti-straps but I tucked them in since they were bothering me and it looked cuter showing a little shoulda🙂. The shoes are terribly beat up since I’ve worn them out so much but I love the olive green mixed with the browns and gold tones. The necklace I added was simple-enough to compliment (as opposed to overshadow) the ruffle and the lipstick choice was also a warm tone to fit that theme. My makeup was meant to be dewy to go with the shoes and match, again, the warm, sun-kissed feel of the outfit as a whole. So basically I put more thought into this outfit over the other one lol.
Part 13: Ekebergparken
Part 14: Shopping
I am not sure yet if I will be able to post this week, so this may have to suffice until I get home. I tried not to get too “in the feels” but yeah.
TTYL and xoxo,