It’s been real, Israel.

The wandering has come to an end, unfortunately. It’s been an amazing nine months working, living & enjoying the homeland. Due to personal reasons, it’s time I make my way back to sunny south Florida. This journey has taught me more than I had imagined; I can look back and definitely see how much I’ve grown from the second I arrived. I broke some bad habits and built new habits that will help me lead a successful future. I met amazing people, saw beautiful sights and ate food that will forever stay in my thighs. Most importantly, I matured and learn life lessons I will forever keep in my back pocket.

Some life lessons I learned & would like to share:

  • Carpe Diem: Seize the day! (it’s a bit cliche, but so true). Life is too short for stupid s***.  Enjoy every second and take every opportunity to take advantage of every second of the day. Do something crazy, something you never thought you would do.
  • Be yourself: Not everybody is going to like you and you’re not going to like everyone. Just be yourself and the people who are supposed to be in your life will cross your path.
  • TRAVEL AS MUCH AS YOU CAN!:You learn the most while you’re traveling! I wrote about the importance of traveling in my last blog.
  • Fail, but learn from your failures: It’s really okay to make a mistake once, but not twice. Learn from it, grow and don’t do it again.
  • Never stop learning: As the saying goes, “if you don’t use it, you lose it” and it’s very true. Try to learn something new everyday. Exercise your brain as much as you can.
  • Most importantly, life isn’t about eating the hummus, it’s about the process it took to make the hummus: Work for it. Earn it. Whatever it is, appreciate it. Hummus tastes better when you’ve really earned it 😉

But what about Aliyah?!

My dream, of course, is to be in Israel. And sometimes, it’s okay to dream. Many people use the word “Aliyah” (immigrating to Israel) very lightly. It’s something that one must really think about and weigh out the pros & cons. I know, for a fact, I will make Aliyah one day; however, that one day may not be anytime this year or next year. It could be when I’m 30, it could be when I’m 60. I’m only 22 and I may not have it figured out by now (and I probably won’t for a while) and that’s okay. I’ll figure it out, eventually. My trip back to Florida might simply be an awkward intermission and Israel part II will happen soon. Or it might be the closing of this chapter and opening a new one. Everything will fall into place, I’m sure.

These past few months could not have been possible without the support of my amazingly crazy family (in FLA & Izzy) and my friends from back home and my new friends I made. Thanks to those (back in the USA) who FaceTimed me,texted/called/sent me letters and who thought of me when I was so far away. Thanks to my family in Israel who took the time to get to know me and bond with me–shoutout to my AWESOME cousins, I love you all so super much. Major shoutout to Masa— thank you to the staff and participants for making #MyMasa beyond AMAZING (and thank you for the awesome opportunities). And of course, thanks to my readers! I was always so excited to share my encounters and intrepid escapades, thanks for sticking around and reading my posts!

I hope for a new big adventure soon and for mini adventures everyday. For now, it’s time to mentally, physically and emotionally prepare for a half day voyage to Florida. Stay tuned for an update of my life back in soflo!

שלום,
Yari ♔ 


 

 

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