That is the number of days I have lived in Denmark.
It was 3 years ago today that Mads and I arrived at the Billund Airport with the last of my things in tow. It was the day before that I boarded a plane in Dallas, Texas and LITERALLY flew INTO MY FUTURE.
Of course the plane crossed over 6 time zones to get me to Denmark, but I think it is quite appropriate that I was MOVING FORWARD in time because I truly feel like that is what I did.
I moved forward in my life.
The interesting thing is that I had an incredible life in Texas, but coming to Denmark with Mads did not feel like I was LEAVING that life behind. Rather, it felt like I was just making my life and my world bigger.
And today, 3 years later, I look back and and reconfirm that is indeed what happened.
And even though I live 5000 miles away from Jess and my family, I truly feel like the people that I have added to my life in these 3 years make that distance seem so much smaller. Jess, my mom, my sister (and even my dad who is not that electronically connected to things) and I have so many people in our lives and in our worlds that none of us knew before I moved. So for that, I am eternally grateful.
So of course my LIKE for today is that I LIKE LIVING IN DENMARK. Period.
People ask me all the time, "Er du glad for Denmark?" and often look a little bit shocked when I vehemently say, "YES! I AM GLAD FOR DENMARK."
Because no matter how many "dislikes" I can write on a blog or how many complaints I may have, the bottom line is I LIKE DENMARK.
And today's dislike?
I have tried to associate my "dislike item" each day to whatever it was that I wrote in the "like" section, but today, there is NOTHING connected to what I have written above that I "dislike".
But isn't that how it should be? We can dislike little inconsequential things that just drive us nuts, and we can dislike big giant things that come from places like the government and affect our daily lives, but at the end of the day (and the beginning of each day as well), we ought to be able to look through and beyond those things and realize that we LIKE our life and where it is. If not, then we need to make a change. Because no one should have to live a live they dislike.