Ready for Blastoff!

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1-14-14 I am currently sitting amidst the constant motion that is the airport. The energy associated with travel is exhilarating, though it seems so surreal that by tomorrow I will land in Israel.

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There’s a new world emerging. Be part of it.

One of the main realizations I made the last time I returned home is that there is so much more out there. There is so much more than the bubble of your community. There is so much more than the daily routine in which each person seems to be so wrapped up. There is so much more than the screen you are staring at right now. So, take a moment. Go outside. Look up. There is so much more beyond the skies that we normally take for granted. There is so much more to see and to appreciate.

Thought strain interrupted because an adorable unattended blonde curly haired little boy just set off probably the most irritating alarm I have ever endured.

But that is one of the numerous wonders in life. Constant change. Whether it be different foreigners that decide to sit uncomfortably close to you, or scoring outstandingly on an important test, just don’t forget it is changing out there too. Time to discover what might not be there tomorrow!

Now boarding Space Shuttle 613 to Madrid! Buenos tardes!

Word of the day: דרכון

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1-3-14 I haven’t left for Israel yet and I already don’t want to leave. I have my student visa permanently stuck to my passport valid for a whole year. In Universal Studios, my aunt got me a Hogwarts passport holder. Hogwart’s Latin phrase is “Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus,” which roughly means never tickle the sleeping dragon. I’ll just tickle him a little bit, hop on his back and be up and away. Even if we have to dodge flying meteors, I think I’ll navigate the sky matter that remains with ease.

 

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Platform nine and three-quarters, ready for blastoff!

 

I had the rare honor of witnessing the Quadrantids Meteor Shower on my sister Carrie’s 23rd birthday. She is my one genuine example of the need to appreciate each waking (and resting) moment. It was a moment like no other; just as the frustrating white worldly ceiling of clouds began to part, our gaze drifted toward the clearing skies, and a meteor flew through that very spot.

I want each moment I spend in the homeland to be filled with a similar yet exceeding excitement as each meteor citing. I want each moment there to be cherished even more than the fleeting miraculous meteors.

 

Let the excitement never end, and let us cherish every moment of it.

Today, my students and I drew our feelings.

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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
להתפלל בכותל
להיות קרוב
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.

20131121-232709.jpg 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