“Toute chose appartient à qui sait en jouir.” -André Gide
The above quote translates in English to “everything belongs to those who can appreciate it” – and what a truly amazing outlook on life that is. I think a lot of people get caught up in life’s most testing moments and hardships, that they lose sight of how much beauty there is all around them.
I did not know where to begin with this post because the experience I had in Paris for the three short days I was there was simply indescribable. I really cannot put into words what it was like to express my passion and my love for the game in front of a landmark as iconic as the Eiffel Tower. I actually find myself at my house re-watching GoPro footage from the shoot over and over again, and can’t help but crack a smile as I’m overcome with a tremendous feeling of nostalgia. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to reassure that this actually happened, that these videos and photos are real – let alone the memories themselves. I can’t get over how much beauty Paris has to offer. Even in this one scene above, everything just complimented each other perfectly, from the cloudy sky to the magnificent Tower looming in the distance.
I’m not sure where I’ll be next, but Paris will hold a place in my heart for the rest of my life. Being able to share my craft with such an incredible landmark at my backside is a memory I’ll carry forever. I told my mom that juggling in front of the “Tour Eiffel” was one of the top 5 coolest things I’ve ever done in my life, and I stand by that. I’ll finish with yet another quote by the great André Gide: “Que l’importance soit dans ton regard, non dans la chose regardée,” which translates to “May the importance be in your gaze, rather than what you gaze at.” I’m excited for the next stop on my journey… wherever that may be, but for now au revoir, Paris!