Why I Moved 4,000 Miles Away From The People I Love

I came to the Czech Republic almost 15 months ago. It’s kind of crazy to think that, at 22 and as a recent college-grad, I up and left the love, safety, and security of life in the U.S.

When I studied abroad in Italy, I never thought I’d travel to Europe again or, at least, not for many years. There, I had experienced the deepest level of homesickness since being dragged out of my car seat to go to daycare. Yet, a year later, I managed to get my shit together and transplanted myself to a country in which I knew neither no one nor the language.

Please, don’t be mistaken in thinking it was easy to leave or easy to stay away. I miss my family, friends, and home every single day. Yes, on occasion, I call my mom to cry and complain about life away from her and the rest of my family and friends. On the other hand, I clearly see value in putting myself through this emotional challenge.

It’s simple: I love learning.

I’ve always been a curious person. Fortunately, I have a family that has indulged that curiosity to the nth degree. Seriously. My sisters and I were never denied books or instruments for learning. We didn’t need Nintendos, iPods, Tamagotchis, or Silly Bands (though, we wanted them dearly). Instead, I had a kid-friendly Shakespeare collection, a weather kit, a mail subscription to mystery simulation games, SAT vocabulary books, and a rhyme dictionary.

Now, I have volumes on Celtic history, knowledge about local mushrooms, a much-needed English-Czech dictionary, and priceless friendships from around the world.

To expand my mind, I’ve expanded my classroom. And, consequently, I’ve expanded my heart. Indeed, it’s true: Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

So, I love you, Mommy, Daddy, Brittany, Natasha, Maya, Leah, Anna, Grace, Shannon, Danielle, Kacie, Sara, and Cindy. Thank you to everyone who helped make me the person I am: a person who can venture 4,000 miles away and still feel an immeasurable amount of love and joy.

“I’ll be home for Christmas. You can count on me.” —Kim Gannon


One response to “Why I Moved 4,000 Miles Away From The People I Love”

  1. Okay excuse me while I cry now. 😭♥️ Love you SO incredibly much. So proud of you!!!!


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