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Exchange is about learning. It's not as simply as learning whatever it is that's taught in school, though.
It's about learning how to listen, how to speak, how to think. Learning who you are, who your friends are, the type of people you want as friends. Learning how to trust your innermost feelings, and how to find those feelings in the first place.
It's about learning what's really important to you, and learning what you really don't give a damn about. Exchange is about how to tolerate, how to accept, how to like and how to love. Learning how to give as well as receive, and how to trust that everything will even itself out on its own.
It's about learning that your mom and dad do have the right answers sometimes, and that your kid sister isn't such a dumb little kid anymore. Exchange is about learning to treat people as people, not as stereotypes. Learning that sometimes a kiss isn't just a kiss, sometimes it means more, and sometimes it means less. Learning how to achieve, how to succeed, how to accomplish.
It's about learning how to not come in first place and still be proud, and about coming in last and learning how to admit that you could've been better. Exchange is about learning that large parties don't necessarily mean a good time. Learning that loneliness doesn't go away in a crowd, and that sometimes it's okay to be by yourself on a Friday or Saturday night.
It's about learning that your lunchtime crowd doesn't constitute your popularity, and that popularity is all a matter of perspective. It's about learning that boredom is simply laziness of the mind, and that watching three hours of TV every night is not quality relaxation time.
Exchange is about learning how to pack a bag, and how to pack a room full of way too much stuff. It's about learning that people probably like you a whole lot more than they'll ever tell you, and that it's your responsibility to make sure your friends know how much you appreciate them.
It's about learning that simply doing what you're supposed to do isn't enough, you need to put forth twice that effort in order to fully grasp whatever it is that's sitting in front of you. It's about learning how to make people smile. Exchange is about learning how to miss people enough to not stick them in the past, and how to not miss them so much that it keeps you from moving into the future.
Learning how to motivate yourself and how to motivate others. Learning what the phrase 'make do' means, and how to use it to make it seem as if you're not simply 'making do.' It's about learning 25 different ways of saying 'we made out,' and how to swear in all the different languages of the other exchange students. Exchange is about learning. Learning how to live.
Vier Dinge kann man in seinem Leben nicht wieder zurückholen:
einen Stein, den man einmal geworfen hat,
ein Wort, das man geäußert hat,
eine Chance, die man vertan hat,
und Zeit, die bereits vergangen ist.
Zuhause ist nicht da, wo du geboren bist,
sondern zuhause ist der Ort,
nach dem sich die Seele seht,
wenn du allein und unglücklich bist.
Wer kämpft, kann verlieren; wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren
If today was perfect there would be no need for tomorrow.
Nur tote Fische schwimmen mit dem Strom
why be normal, when you can be yourself?
A friend is somebody
who understands your past
believes in your future
and accepts you today
the way you are!
ich hab geweint, weil ich keine schuhe habe,
bis ich einen traf, der keine füße hatte!
träume... oder standhaftigkeit
ich will einfach nur meinen traum verwirklichen
warum lässt du mich nicht träumen?
was ist denn nur so schlimm daran?
ich möchte die ganze wellt entdecken
möchte weit weit raus,
möchte einfach alles sehen,
will 1000 leute kennen lernen
will weit raus aufs meer
ich will einfach glücklich sein
ohne an irgendetwas denken zu müssen
ohne verplichtungen zu haben
und du meinst, dass ist naiv?
es ist doch schön träume zu haben
du meinst, es sei nicht realistisch?
warum lässt du mich nicht einfach leben?
ich werde meine träume verwirklichen
auch wenn du keine hast.
Dance as though no one is watching you
Love as though you never have been hurt before
Sing as though no one can hear you
Live as though heaven is on earth
It's not good, it's not bad - it's just different
JUST DO IT
Too often we are scared.
Scared of what we might not be able to do.
Scared of what people might think if we tried.
We let our fears stand in the way of our hopes.
We say no when we want to say yes.
We sit quietly when we want to scream.
And we shout with the others, when we should keep our mouths shut.
After all, we do only go around once.
There’s really no time to be afraid.
Try something you’ve never tried.
Enter a triathlon.
Write a letter to the editor.
Demand a raise.
Call winners at the toughest court.
Throw away your television.
Bicycle across the United States.
Speak out against the designated hitter.
Travel to a country where you don’t speak the language.
You have nothing to lose and everything
everything, everything to gain.
- "Einer der glücklichsten Momente im Leben des Menschen, so dünkt mich, ist der Aufbruch zu einer weiten Reise in unbekannte Länder" -
~Richhart Burton (1856)~
Wo kämen wir denn hin, wenn alle sagten, wo
kämen wir hin?Und niemand ginge, um einmal zu schauen, wohin man käme,wenn man ginge
Tritt eine Idee in einen hohlen Kopf, so füllt sie ihn völlig aus,weil keine andere da ist, die ihr den Rang streitig machen könnte.(Montesquieu)
Nehm' das Leben nicht so ernst -
Du kommst eh' nicht lebend raus!