“Two of the most valuable things we have are time and our relationships with other people. In our age of increasing distractions, it’s more important than ever to find ways to maintain perspective and remember that life is brief and tender.”
We’re halfway through my countdown of the Top 10 TED Talks for Study Abroad Students! Be sure to tune in each Tuesday as the countdown continues.
In this powerful talk, Chang reminds us that life is short. Her simple, creative idea for use of public space shows the magic of authentic connection in action and how that can take shape in different ways.
Study Abroad is also short. Before you know it you’re on the flight home wondering how it could possibly be over. In my book I equate it to winning a $10,000 shopping spree with only five minutes to fly through the store! So how will you use your time abroad? How will you connect and nurture your relationships?
As Chang said, “thinking about death clarifies your life.” Acknowledging the finality of Study Abroad can help you clarify your own goals and aspirations for your stay.
You may see one of Chang’s “before I die” walls around the world while you’re studying abroad or traveling. There was one in Madrid across the street from one of my favorite cafes. I smiled each time I saw it. It served as a reminder to savor my time and that life is precious.
What do you want to do before you die? And before you finish study abroad?