There comes a moment in many days in which certain facts need be accepted for survival – clothes must be worn, the house must be left, and people must be interacted with. As in my pajamas I sit in front of the laptop on this beautiful day, nothing would be better than to have all social interaction on this electronic device in front of me. Reality says it is time to get up, put on real clothes, and greet people with a smile. No one needs to know if the smile is real or pretend. That is for me to know and for them to guess. Though in reality, no one is paying attention to my goofy smile. People tend to stay away from this shy and awkward American woman.
This life is beyond interesting. Today I will sing songs of worship in a foreign language. I will listen to and translate a sermon delivered by someone in a foreign tongue, and I will give and receive the common cultural greetings. Around me people will not only speak Romanian, but they will also speak and sing in Russian. After Romanian is conquered, Russian is going down. With time, these things will be done. As different as my environment is from what it would be in America, as scary as many moments are, I wouldn’t change a thing. This is beautiful. This life is like reading an amazing book, one that changes the thought process and perspective on life. At the end, you kind of wish you had written it yet know that if you had, the story would have been completely different and maybe not nearly as beautiful. There are days that don’t seem worth living, and people who cause pain. Hey, no one said it would be easy. But this is life. This is my life and this is yours, and certainly is beautiful.