11-21-13 This morning, I woke up before my alarm, which is quite a rarity for me. Before my eyes were even open all the way, I roll over and check my phone. My eyes widened with excitement as they previewed the words “Haifa” and “Congratulations.” It is now all I can think about. All that negative anxiety in applying can now be converted to anxious happiness in returning to my homeland.
I don’t believe in coincidence. Just last night, I was writing a song basically yearning for Israel. It kept me awake longer than I would have liked, too. It goes a little something like this:
I’m in one place, but I can’t stay still
Picturing your face, holiness and hills
There’s been a long-standing yearning
to escape the burning (that is galut)
and I hope to make my dreams reality beams
reflecting from the City of Gold
That’s where my heart is
Must be why it’s so warm
That’s where my start is
In rediscovering my soul
My passion for this land
precedes any man
So I follow my right hand
And adventure away
as I learn about the history
of every brick and every mystery
hidden in the mountains
hidden in the deserts below
hidden in the tunnels
hidden in the sea that is so low
each cite is so new and with every breathtaking view I know it’s….
where my heart is
must be why it’s so warm
it’s where my start is
in re-discovering my soul
with each word spoken here’s to hoping I become one who belongs
with each word learned I’m farther from where I’m from
אנשים שמה משוגעים
אז אני יודעת שזה המקום בשבילי
לעשות רעש, לרקוד ולשתות
לראות ים סוף, טבריה, ועוד
לה׳, לעצמי, ליהודים וחברים
So, granted, my acceptance was a fantastic way to awaken.
Today’s SHIP (School Health Interdisciplinary Program) lesson was about feelings and healthy ways to express them. We discussed journaling, artistic expression and meditation. So here I am, creating a blog for my adventures. This is what I drew during the lesson.
Drawing is clearly not my preferred artistic expression. My students thought it looked like a strange diamond. Altonasia exclaimed in song, “Shine bright like a diamond!” And seriously, I feel like I am radiating joy. My acceptance is a blessing.
I tried going to yoga later to calm my excitement and clear my mind, which temporarily worked.
I really need to get back to studying for my exam that is tomorrow.
Hope you enjoyed my first of many blog posts!
Peace and love,
Kira, International School Student at the University of Haifa, Spring 2014