Gathering practical knowledge only comes through fighting your way through obstacles. You don’t always realize, but you gain experience with every step along the way. Even the steps towards a wrong direction teach you a lot. You hardly ever realize how much you’ve learned, as there’s always something new that comes up.

Lately I started to note how much I’ve evolved.
I learned who to trust and who to rely on. I learned to rely on myself. To trust others, and most importantly to trust myself. To not question my capability of doing things. To not stress about new, unknown challenges.

Many of my friends like my positive attitude the most. That’s one of my main characteristics, they say. Little do they know how much work is behind that optimism. How many times I have bumped my own head into the same walls over and over again to know that there’s always a solution. But more importantly, that failing is an opportunity to learn.

I manage to give decent advice regarding a bunch of different topics nowadays. How to register a dog in Berlin, where to look for accommodation, which direction to take. Who to contact if something went wrong with the yearly bills. Tiny things.

Fortunately, I also managed to build a network of good friends here, who always help me out when I’m in need.

I feel like I’ve arrived. For once and for all. I am home.

We Lost The Sea – A Gallant Gentleman