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  • taking this day of love to celebrate my first loves in this world ❤️ Veronica is on the 3rd best varsity team in the USA and Zac and I went to 4 parks in 1 day (the last pic is us talking to @anneslevin hearing about her adventures 🇮🇪)
  • It’s crazy to think that it’s been more than a month since I embarked on a wild travel experience and got to see so many awesome places in Europe. It’ll be only a few weeks until my next adventure but for now I’m good j chillin with people I love and embracing my new routine. Also if anyone has any suggestions of places to visit please let me know!!!
  • New ueR
  • Would you believe me if I said every building in Portugal looks like this? (Zoom in for some cool tiling)
  • oops i keep forgetting it’s december!
  • Look dude if you saw the Temple of Poseidon you’d be obsessed with it too
  • I’m dancing and I’m happy.
  • Not sure how VERSAILLES didn’t make the Instagram yet (also some lady took 2 pictures of me in front of Le Palais and I blinked in both of them so enjoy the better quality one). I’m headed off to the most Eastern part of Europe today and it doesn’t feel real. I’m not sure whose life I’m living at the moment but sometimes it doesn’t feel like mine.

This summer I was talking with my dad about the concept of a collective consciousness - meaning all ideas just float in some void and every time we think we pull the thought from the void and claim it as our own. We build our own identities our of pieces accessible to everyone. It seems unnatural because we rely so heavily on our own perceived individuality. I don’t believe in a collective consciousness (at the moment) but it’s another way to consider moments like this, when I’m living what I think is my life but yet it doesn’t feel like it is completely mine.

The importance of considering concepts like a collective consciousness isn’t to determine the likelihood of its truth but rather to build an understanding that there are an infinite amount of ways to interpret everything and when we start to undermine the core notions that we accept to be truth we can come to new conclusions.

I’m late for class
  • I’m living in a postcard!!!
  • Just reminding the world that I love and miss Emma!!!!
  • Alles Gute zum Geburtstag to the newest slevin adult 👧🏼👧🏽👧🏽 love you lots
  • quelques photos parisiennes ! paris me manque beaucoup
  • This has been the literal only time in my life where I have felt like I have free time, which honestly is very convient as I now have the ability to journey to incredible places and meet new people and reconnect with old friends. All in all quite excellent 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 wish I could reassure High School Em that she would actually get to have moments to breathe in addition to absolutely lovely experiences. It’s nice to let go for a little while.
  • Italy taught me that it IS possible to live off of just pasta, pizza, and wine and honestly? I have no incentive to ever eat anything else. (Update: I am finally joining the gym this week)
  • To the girl I accidentally punched at dance today - here’s my public apology. Guided improv is no joke. Other things that are on my mind include the extent of the possibility and probability of reincarnation, how fragile seemingly “stable” civilizations are, and how grateful I am for my family and friends ANYWAY here are some photos of Amsterdam 🧡
  • Not sure if it’s possible to over post on Instagram but here’s the Globe Theatre!
  • I’m reflecting on what I’m grateful for! Also if anyone has a hot take for an interesting Harry Potter theory please share with me thank you
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  • I’m one month into studying in Europe and have already experienced incredible things. 
It’s interesting how the “ruins” in cities of the past are deemed so old, which they are, but let’s take a perspective here. The St. Andrews Cathedral has been around since at least the 700s but in the grand scale of human history that may have well been yesterday. 
I remember learning that humans aren’t designed to think long term which helps explain why something 1300 years old is an age that I have trouble conceptualizing. What’s more is that Homo sapiens have been around for 300-200 thousand years. With that said, we estimate the universe to be 13.8 billion years old. So if the universe was around for a full 24 hour day, of that time the entirety of human history (which was around 95% hunter gatherer lifestyle) encompasses less than the last 2 seconds.

And yet somehow we think we’re significant? Maybe we are? How could we know?

I absolutely love old buildings and imagining what they would have looked like in their prime. Relics that were once ordinary objects or places are now remnants of people who now exist solely through them. Are we remembered by who we are or what we are surrounded by? Who are we? If our bodies and material objects remain after death are we eternal or is that solely a spiritual phenomenon? Physical things only mean something through context, do we need context to place meaning on intangible things?

Cleopatra lived closer in time to us than to when the Pyramids of Giza were built.

Also haggis is good.
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