Happy Easter everyone!
It´s hard to imagine that my exchange year will be over in just a little over a months´ time. I've developed as a person tremendously and I´m really starting to find myself and realise who I want to be as a person. Life is a journey of endless experiences that ultimately shape and lead us to who we want to be. There is only one way to go, and that is forwards. Still, it is up to each and every one of us to choose wich path we want to take. We are the masters of our own fates, and we shouldn´t rely on anyone else to choose which paths to follow. Friends and family will always be there to help and guide us through both good and bad times, but it is only by our own commitment that we can truly find lasting happiness in life.
My exams are over and my life is starting to get back on track. I have met some beautiful new people in Hämeenlinna, and I´m so grateful that they have become a part of my life. From exchange students to former exchange students to plain Finns. You probably know who you are and I would like to thank all of you that have made my months in Hämeenlinna awesome :D! Even though I´ve been speaking English a lot with the exchange students, I really do hope that my Finnish language has developed to some extent. At least all my matriculation examinations and such are finally over so I can focus 100 percent on language studies. It is hard to stay away from exchange students cause they are always the people who are the most social and understanding. I love all of them. There is no doubt about the fact that you have to possess a certain kind of bravery to go on an exchange. I admire everyone who does it, since it really changes who you are and makes you open your eyes to what life is truly about.
I love setting goals for myself. Always having something to strive for makes me feel like life has some kind of meaning. I want to constantly make myself a better person and learn to see life from different angles. I´ve discovered that travelling is what I love to do and that´s why I always love to have a new trip to look forward to. Of course I aspire to be a lawyer and have a family and all that, but in my oppinion setting smaller milestones for yourself on the way is cruical to live a good and healthy life. Making plans for 10 years in the future is absurd.
My next thing I have thought about doing is some kind of longer hike. I´ve looked up the "Laugavegur trail" in Iceland and it really looks fantastic. People always say they want to travel while they are still young, but they don´t realize that they are young now! Never say no to an opportunity! You won´t be young forever and if travelling is what you want to do then do it. Planning for the future is as I already said a bad idea, plans can change and disappointment is inevitable. Money shouldn´t be a problem. Money is just a number on your bank account. You can always work for your money if you really want to do something. The only problem is the set of one´s mind.
I´ll post some pictures of my last couple of weeks in Hämeenlinna and from the amazing "Laugavegur" track I would like to do below. Someone keen? :P