Sunday, August 4, 2013

Things People Give Me #7

Ivy sent me this message on Facebook about an hour ago. I  don't know what I did to deserve these words. When reading it I thought she was talking about someone else. I'll confess that I always get a little uncomfortable when people say nice things to me about me. I don't know how to handle it. When I was younger it was because I thought people were just being nice and I couldn't tell who was lying to me or not. Now, it's because I've gotten used to brushing compliments off that I don't know how to accept them. This is a bad habit that I'm working on. In the meantime, I want to share Ivy's message with you.

I realize you're probably packing/getting ready for the trip back to the US right now, but I wanted to send a message before we leave this country.
It would've been probably a lot better if I had written this out by hand, so I apologize for that. 
I wanted to thank you for all the conversations we were able to have and the experiences we shared! I know I can be pretty overbearing and admittedly quite loud at times, but you always put up with me. I want you to know that I really look up to you and your solidarity in pursuing your goals and keeping time for yourself. You were always so calm and collected (I know you're going to object to this, but I promise you it is true!!) and also confident in your abilities and yourself, and I think it really showed to everyone in this program. I could tell that you really believed in yourself, even when studying began to get the better of you, and I think this was apparent to everyone around you
Unlike a lot of people nowadays (and myself, I will also admit), I feel like you did things for a very pure reason - that it was right - than to please others or show off or et cetera.
I loved reading your blog, as you must know by me mentioning it all the time, and also talking to you about your experiences and future. I always admire people who know what they want in life. All the best of luck in France next year!!! It's early, but... never too early to wish good luck, I guess

Thank you, Ivy. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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