People laugh when I tell them “Lyon raised me.” Don’t get it misconstrued I love where I from (The Mont, NY) I put on for my city proudly but I’m starting to realize that I was really blessed and thankful for being sheltered growing up in The Mont for 21 years.
I moved out to Lyon, France last year not knowing what to expect. It was my 1st time traveling outside the country, I was very immature, and nervous about moving away from the states. I was really outside of my comfort zone for the 1st time in my life.
This living experience changed my life for the better. At the time, I didn’t really understand who I was and who I was becoming. To all my peers or strangers reading this who’ve lived overseas for a period of time, you understand how it feels to spend so much time by yourself or being an outcast in a different setting you’re really not used to. Honestly, I didn’t know how to deal with all the free time I had on my hands. For the first couple of months, I was really undisciplined and spent a majority of my time not doing anything productive.
I started to realize, I can’t live like this. It sucked because I was so bored, and felt like I was wasting time. But, one day it hit me and I realized that, “how many people get the chance to live/work in France?” I totally disregarded being grateful for my opportunity and the simplicity of living in Lyon.
I also forgot about all the positives steps I made in my life. It made me stronger and more hungry towards getting closer to God, understanding/embracing my personal growth, and getting better at my craft. It also made me realize that life is beautiful and it is what you make it. I never knew that this living experience would change my life forever.
This story is just me really expressing my love for Lyon but, there’s a message behind this. In order to know what you’re really made of through adversity or chasing and obtaining your dreams, you really have to have faith and step out of your comfort zone.
I’m not finished running this race of obtaining of all of my dreams yet-but best believe I’m heading in the right direction, and this living experience was vital in making this happen!
Much love to all my friends and the people in Lyon, France who welcomed me with open arms. A bientôt!