Mi Corazón Sabe Todo

Kerianne Baylor is a student at Marist College and an official API Student Blogger. Kerianne is studying abroad with API in Madrid, Spain.

Upon arriving in Spain, I knew I would have to make peace with getting lost—it is how we find ourselves, right? See, in America I despise getting lost so much that the undesirable feeling has brought me to tears. I usually would say that I have a fabulous sense of direction; I can look at a map and instantly figure out where I am and where I am going. I’ve successfully navigated subways in NYC and roads along the East Coast, even without a GPS, but the second I feel I am losing my geographical bearings, I freak out.

Well, that’s in America. Here in Spain, my fast-paced, clock-oriented attitude has relaxed a bit. I have begun to follow a new directional tool: my heart, mi corazón.

Spanish culture has already affected my lifestyle—in a good way, of course. I feel myself moving at a slower pace. I’ve noticed that people actually walk to the metro; they don’t run as New Yorkers do. These first few weeks in Madrid I have found myself aimlessly wandering and actually enjoying the act of finding my destination instead of constantly checking the time and rushing to where I need to be. Now, I believe that I will get there eventually because I follow my heart and my heart knows everything. Mi corazón sabe todo.

Getting lost is truly magnificent. Not knowing exactly where you are, depending on how you look at it, can teach you a lot. In that moment of utter confusion, you have to give a lot of effort to regain your sense of direction. Personally, my heart beats faster and my palms become sweaty, especially when I am supposed to arrive somewhere by a certain time. But that is the beauty of it: being lost is an adrenaline rush that I’ve learned to smile and laugh about since my time in Madrid.

I was on my way to my university for a meeting. To make a long story shorter, the metro line I usually take was experiencing technical difficulties, so I hopped on another line that could bring me to a different metro stop near school. I’ll just follow my heart. Well, it just so happens that I had absolutely no idea how to get to my university after arriving at a different metro stop. What did I do? I kept walking and walking and walking. I thought I would recognize something in the area, but I didn’t. And that was the moment I began to freak out. I was relieved to find a taxi and finally be able to notice where exactly I ended up. It just so happens that I walked in the complete opposite direction onto another university campus. My heart may have steered me in the wrong direction, but now I had seen La Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Looks like my heart wanted to show me another part of Madrid, which is why I continue to go with my gut feeling when it comes to geographically discovering the beautiful city I am studying in.

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  1. kimbell Sadler says

    Wow this is truly beautiful and a good life lesson to listen to your inner self and develop an appreciation for mindfully slowing down. I great reminder! Thank you so much for writing this!

  2. Kerianne Baylor says

    You’re welcome – thank you for the appreciation!

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