When I first thought about my blog, I was sure my second post would be dedicated to my dad… but here I am, writing to two of my best friends.
I’m currently 4,463 miles away from home and 3,079 miles away from them and I wouldn’t be able to get through this experience without them. When I got accepted into this program they were some of the first people I told and I remember both of them said don’t go. Albert even called me selfish for leaving New York lol. Friendships take a considerable amount of nurturing and upkeep and when you’re 3,079 miles apart it’s even harder for a friendship to stay the same. Not a week goes by that we don’t facetime… sometimes even multiple times in a week and I’m so thankful to have been blessed with two of the most amazing friends.
I’ve been in Limerick for a little over a month and although this city is amazing, I’ve started to miss home and all of my friends in New York. Anyone who knows me knows that I suffer from severe FOMO (fear of missing out).
On Sundays Matt, Drew & I go to Clare to coach young ballers and I love seeing the expression on the kids faces when they do something right or make a basket. My favorite ballers are the one or two odd ones that are a little more competitive than everyone else… seeing them race to the trash or to go grab a bib because it reminds me of myself, making any little thing a competition. After I was done coaching I was just hanging around the house with Matt talking about how I miss Sunday brunches with my friends and he misses Sunday dinners with his family.
The following Sunday I get a facetime call from Mikki while she’s at brunch with two of our old college teammates and what does my best friend do? Props the phone on the table so it’s like I’m at brunch with them. Whenever I travel to a new place or something happens here the first people I call to tell are Mikki and Albert. Without the unconditional love and support from them this would be a long year spent away from home.
So thank you for the check ins, care packages filled with siracha, ramen and fake eye lashes lol! Thank you for being two of my biggest supporters and embracing this new journey with me. I can’t wait to travel Europe with you guys!