Ireland Chapter 4

Yesterday we went to Cong and did something that I’ve never even dreamed of doing. We flew hawks! I was really excited, then a little anxious, and then I had a lot of fun. It’s so simple and the birds are so cute. They were even a little playful.

We ate lunch, explored, and then returned to the hotel. At lunch, we sat down and I ordered, only to find out that both the drink and the meal I wanted they were out of. So, you probably don’t know this, but food in restaurants, ordering it, having it wrong, all of these are anxiety triggers. But I held myself together and had a good lunch. When we went to pay their card  machine went out, and I was just short, so a friend had to loan me two euros as I had not had a chance to go to the bank yet, so that was another little trigger.

When we went to explore,  I was already having a bit of anxiety, so I just walked around Galway with my roommate and wrote a bit. Having that piece of peace was what I needed.

Today! Today we went to the Aran Islands and I rented bikes with a group of new friends. But it soon started raining. Some of them started complaining. I don’t know what it is about rain, but it just brings me so much joy. I was having the time of my life. We finally got to the cliffs we were hoping for, as the rain poured down harder. So on our way back we ditched our bikes and caught a van ride back, deciding the two euro deposit was okay to lose. It was surely an adventure. 

My back went out at some point, but we had dinner and wine, and I think today was my favorite so far. I love making life an adventure.

Today was the first day that I felt in community. I knew I belonged before, I knew this was the right decision and place, I have felt at home. But today, I found family.

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