Some doors are closed for reasons we may never understand. Others open to the unimaginable interior. I like to call this opportunity.
I like the mechanical elements of how doors work. I like there is a requirement to either push or pull. I think it’s fascinating how depending on the design of the mechanism a door can open “forward” or “backwards”. Technically it’s all relative to your reference point. Anyway that’s getting way too involved with the actual physics of the system. I like doors as a metaphor too. As an analogy to providing opportunity. A way to see differently or to change your life in a way that leads you with courage through the next passage way. Actually the way my thoughts are headed right now seem to be reminding me of the time summer of 2013 in Germany. In my international study abroad class about decision making in the EU, there was a girl in my class from the Netherlands. I sat next to her quite a bit. One day she told me about this famous and exotic labyrinth that she went to there in Berlin. Apparently it had also been shown on the Amazing Race. I was pretty much sold on this idea from then on. She told me how there was a bar and club attached to the labyrinth and how it was weird and trashy but very cool. Naturally I did what anyone else who was curious would do. I got a group of fellow classmates and they also happened to be in my program so I new them a bit better, and we took the U-bahn and S-bahn trains to get to the part in Berlin where this labyrinth was. Thankfully we made it there in time. We bought our tickets and then had to wait for an hour and a half. I remember being so nervous and so uncertain especially cause this place just seemed on another level of weird, hipster and creepy. It made me uncomfortable because it was so abstract and different. Finally the time came and we were called in. One by one each of us were taken to this brick wall. After watching this short clip I found myself pushing against the brick only to find that it was an illusion and really a door. Intuitively I took a step forward into a room that appeared to be small and shrinking….if I tried to explain this whole process to you, I might bore you and I’d probably fall asleep. So, long story short it was trip-y. It messed with my mind so much that when we left and were back on the train everything looked different and distorted. I barely slept that night cause every time I closed my eyes I saw all the gears, the room that looked like the interior of a tree, all those silicon/rubber strings we walked through. Just lots of colorful and off the wall images. I guess the point of the story was that I was scared about walking into the unknown yet I came out alive, thank G-d, and it changed my perspective. I felt happy to have faced my fear and challenged myself to do that more. I walked through a door that I didn’t even know was a door at the time and I think this applies to my life in more ways than just this story. It reminds me that everything happens for a reason. Teaches me a lesson and helps me grow and change to be who I am today. For that reason alone, doors are pretty great and I’m thankful for both the physical and spiritual doors opening and closing in my life taking me to my potential, to who I will be tomorrow!
Ps. This song is all about doors closing and leading you to the next opening, bringing you where you are supposed to go.
Welcome to the middle of nowhere, or so I thought for six months leading up to the big day. After road tripping all the way across the country from sunny California, I was nervous, anxious and slightly scared about what I signed up for. However when we drove into the good ole Ohio, I found myself excited and curious about what made up the life and culture of the Midwest and more specifically Columbus. Well after living in Ohio for nearly 4 months I have to say I would not mind moving back. The people seem sweet, caring, genuine and mostly left a mark of being absurdly nice (not a bad trait at all!!). People seem to go out of their way for you and really do want to hear your life story when they ask how you are doing. People slow down to make sure that others know how important you are to them. They value your effort, attitude and time. I hope that as I move back to California, that I can take and implement these wonderful characteristics better.
I had a bucket list of what to do while in Ohio and I barely even scratched the surface as even the last week I was still discovering new hot spots and places to adventure. Here is the list of big places I spent some time at this summer. It may seem like a small list of less than 20 but I would give it to anyone who is going to Columbus for just a few days, maybe even just a few hours. I also included the few restaurants that I checked out and ranked those in order of taste, uniqueness and atmosphere.
To make things easy for those who want to check out these sites, I even included some links and photos. Please enjoy and if you’re in need of inspiration of where to travel to next, Columbus might be one you’ll put at the top of your list!
- Chief Leatherlips Monument, Dublin http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/9791
- Hocking Hills (great canoeing!!)
- Field of Corn, Dublin http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/9527
- Easton Town Center
- Columbus Zoo
- Arena District
- Short North
- German village
- Goodale park
- Columbus Metropolitan Airport
- KingMakers http://kingmakerscolumbus.com/
- Homestead park, Hillard
- Indian Falls, Dublin
- Hayden Falls, Dublin
- Columbus Crew Game
- Columbus Clippers Game
- Franklin Park, Botanical Garden & Observatory
- Graeters (the one in Dublin off Bethel Rd has a factory tour) http://www.experiencecolumbus.com/tour-detail?id=118
- Rusty Bucket
- Jeni’s (the one in Short North has cool street art on the side of the building!)
- Portia’s Café, Clintonville
- Katzinger’s Deli, German Village
- North Star
- Brazenheads, Dublin
- Juergen’s Bakery, German Village
- Elevator, Downtown
- White Castle
- Firehouse Subs
Back in December when I went to Israel I found a necklace that says Love written in hebrew inspired by the very same larger scaled statue in Jerusalem. Dispite wearing this piece of jewelry nearly every day since, I had not actually seen the statue. While road tripping from California to Ohio, we stopped overnight in Indianapolis. I knew that there would be a giant LOVE statue in front of the museum of Art. So naturally early the next morning we drove by and stopped long enough for me to finally find LOVE!
Funny story is that in July when I went to Philadelphia I find an even more famous LOVE statue in the middle of a large park. I guess the bottom line is you find love when you least expect it! Happy Monday!
London was the first stop on my study abroad trip. As much as I loved Germany and try to make this place seem less enjoyable, the truth is I had a blast. Over the past year or so I have really become quite a connoisseur of food. Especially food in foreign countries (its just that much better). So for my first Photography challenge I will share my plate at this Potluck of experiences we call life. Cheers to the Sunday Stills Challenge of the Week: Potluck! May this be the start of meshing many more unique and creative memories with this special blogging community.
After the kotel we went to get some food and while sitting with a few of the soldiers one of them turned to each of us and said whether he thought that each of us would move or visit Israel again. When he got to me he said with no struggle that I would make Aliyah and become a teacher. I froze.
This new friend who I have only known for a few days is telling me that I will become a teacher. The reason I was shocked is that my dean of engineering has been telling me that I will probably become a professor one day. Then a few weeks ago while serving the homeless this women told me that I would be a teacher. I can go on and on telling you the instances of this but it still always shocks me. I mean, I’m studying engineering! Anyways, I guess we will just have to wait and see what the Lord has in store for me.
Then the hardest part came, when we went to Ammunition Hill. We learned more about different wars that Israel has fought in. Then we presented the pictures which we drew for our soldiers, before we even met them. They in turn said how the trip affected them. We followed that with individual goodbyes. I struggled so much. One of the guys that I had talked to alot gave me a badge of his unit in the air force. Another guy, one who we talked to alot on the first day gave me a medical pin from his unit within the paratroopers (or something like that), it seemed fitting and I was so grateful for it. Then the hardest goodbye was one which I didn’t expect. My friend who had just predicted me becoming a teacher and who had given me such a hard time throughout the trip. We had many laughs and stories to share and I started crying when he gave a shoulder patch and said that he hopes one day my child will wear one. It was so challenging to say Leheat Raot (see you later) and Chaim Sheli (you are my life) to these brave men and women that I can now call friends. I will always remember these wonderful people and my friend who really affected my life, especially when the time is exactly the same like 11:11, 12:12, 07:07, etc. I hope I get to see these friends again, because they were incredible and it would be cool to get to know them better.
While in Israel:
I have become more and more proud to be Jewish and to be in Israel. I want to move here. Its so nice to be the majority and for it to be normal to eat Kosher, wear a skirt and BE JEWISH!
Interestingly the weekend my group left the United States to go to Israel, the Torah portion was about the exodus from Egypt. Leaving the states to go to the Promised Land seemed very fitting. To be leaving my personal Egypt of being a Jew in a christian university, of the accident, of my frustrations, my lack of a Jewish community, my feeling alone, my feeling of being stuck. I left it all behind, to embrace who I have always been. To be free. To be me. To not be judged or hated but rather embraced. To build friendship and learn to love a land I’ve always be taught about but never understood.
Its really cleansed my mind of any judgement I had about Jews and Israel before.
Israel is the Promised Land and I feel like a new woman after being there!
This song is pretty much a description of what happens the day after I wake up from my travels. Unfortunately the song doesn’t say take me back, cause thats pretty much how I feel after the trip is finished. Here’s to a happy music monday!