"Here’s what you’ve learned: the world is so much bigger, vaster, grander, more beautiful than you ever imagined. You were close-minded before. EXPLORE. The key to who you are is the people you meet, how they affect you, change you, teach you. Politics is more than just a science — use it. Don’t forget your geography. Stay open-minded. Remember everyone you’ve met, because they have touched you somehow and someway. Paris IS the most beautiful city in the world, don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise, even if Parisians are assholes. You are capable of everything you want, this year has proven so. Learn and gather the capability to achieve your goals on your own — Mom and Dad won’t always be there. Love. Always. It is the only way to survive. Stand your ground, and for what you believe in, because now you actually KNOW what those things are — the world, the people, and Paris have taught you that. Don’t forget what you learned about what it means to be who you are. You have loved, you have lived, you have conquered. Paris, you have left me forever changed, and for that I will remember you always, in my heart, dans mon coeur. “Le plus grand faibles des hommes est l’amour qu’ils ont de la vie. Paris is a moveable feast. Il y a longtemps que je t’aime, jamais je ne t’oublierai. Congratulations, for living the most amazing, perfect, astonishing, life-changing year. Enfin, il est la fin. Ne s’arretez jamais. N’oubliez jamais. Au revor Paris, Europe, toi comme tu es maintenant mais pas toujours. Merci. Merci pour tous."
Diary entry, written June 4th before leaving my apartment in Paris (via alyson-noele)