§ We came to this world to LIVE OUT LOUD.
Greetings from Kiev!
I’m going to keep this short and sweet because I’m with the family in Kiev having a grand old time. It has been an amazing experience so far — seeing the city of my childhood transformed from Soviet bleakness into a vibrant, fun city!
Gorgeous architecture, green parks, delectable food from all over the world.
I was so in love with Kiev during our first 24-hours here that I just wanted to move here for a couple of years!
Now that we ventured out of the beautiful and ritzy old town and came face-to-face with begging retirees (the average monthly pension here is about $50 per month) and stand-up public toilets, I have been brought face-to-face with a small bit of the reality of life here.
My heart hurts a little. Sometimes, a lot.
We have seen cousins I haven’t seen in 30-some years. I’m really struck by the depth of human warmth and connection here.
It all feels so familiar and yet foreign at the same time.
I wonder what my life would have been like if we never emigrated. I love my vagabond worldly life and yet a part of me longs for the comfort of truly belonging to the place where I was born.
I am in the process of it all… the big jumble of thoughts, emotions, impressions.
This is life at it’s richest! Living my passion and purpose!
I feel so blessed to have this opportunity.
How about you – are you living your passion & purpose? What would that look like?
NatalieP.S. If you want to check out some photos from the trip, come visit on Facebook.