Things not to fear, on a Sunday morning:
1. Lack of money will destroy my life.
Honestly, that is so unlikely, at this point in my life.
However, there have been times I’ve been fearful of this. In fact, somebody would have provided enough — at those times — for me to survive and go on.
I should have known that, before. I know it now.
Geography was my least favorite subject, in school. Here’s a story about that: When I was in 6th grade, I was procrastinating studying for a test about European capitals. (Note: I still procrastinate doing things I don’t like.) I tried to learn everything in the recess period before, with a couple of classmates. When I was having trouble remembering the capital of Belgium, somebody suggested this solution, “It’s Brussels, so think of brussels sprouts.” Later, I noticed the teacher and classmates laughing, when they saw what I had written on the test: “The capital of Belgium is Brocolli.”*
Even though I still get disoriented by unfamiliar geography, I love to travel. I’ve been to Brussels, very briefly, and would love to return. Here’s a beautiful photo of Brussels, thanks to Google Images (and Girl’s guide to Brussels):
I could make a list of other places I want to visit, but that would take too long.
Another way geography has scared me? I have avoided geographical locations associated with past pain and suffering. As I described earlier this year, it can help to return to those, when you’re ready. When you choose.
Last week, I chose to stop and linger, taking in a scary location from my long-ago past:
That’s not so bad, now. Nothing to fear, really.
Thanks to my 6th grade classmates and teacher, the country of Belgium, places familiar and new, green vegetables everywhere, people who support others in any way, and to you — of course! — for visiting today.
* A few more thoughts about that:
- I thought it was funny, too.
- I had never seen a brussels sprout, at that point in my life.
- I still misspell “broccoli,” most of the time.
- I have never, ever forgotten the capital of Belgium since.