This is a #tbt to being a country girl. Living in Oklahoma, calling the city of Norman my home and rooting for the Sooners, getting to know the meaning of the bible belt and the tornado ally and listening to country tunes while learning two-step. Remembering the times when I spent a semester abroad at the University of Oklahoma still gives me the chills and reminds of this incomparable bliss that I experienced.
Thinking of it now, I know that being in Oklahoma ignited my wanderlust. Don’t get me wrong, it was always buried inside of me. But moving across the big pond to a state I had never visited before made me realise how brave I am and how I need this terrifying challenge of surrounding myself with people that I had never met before. Stepping out of my comfort zone opened the gates to amazing opportunities – image the freedom you feel when you are taking roadtrips through 16 states. I simply couldn’t get enough of the richness of the ever-changing scenery around me.
I am sure there has been a moment in your life where you thought about a special place from your past and faced an urge of going back. This is what travellers call hiraeth (n.): a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past.
I’d love to listen to your trips down memory lane, share them!