World-Stopping Moments

When I was younger, I became obsessed with the idea of what I called a “world-stopping moment,” a moment where time freezes, and it’s just you and this remarkable euphoric feeling. My thought is that most people will only have a few world-stopping moments in their lifetime, whether it be their wedding day, the day they graduate college, or a smaller accomplishment that is special to that person.

However, I crave more than just a few of these moments. I want to dedicate my life to pursuing travel and living experiences that I believe will lead me to these exhilarating freeze frames in my life.

As I sat on the steps of Sacré-Cœur listening to the harpist play ‘Hallelujah,’ a long-time favorite of mine, I experienced one of these instants.

There are no words to fully describe this moment…I went to Paris by myself for six days at the end of my semester abroad so I could relax and go to my favorite familiar spots. I knew the harpist would be at the steps of Sacré-Cœur (he always is), and so I grabbed my book and my camera and I sat on the steps soaking in the sun and people watching. I had the whole day to wander the hilly cobblestone paths, and even spontaneously tried escargot that day… but this specific moment felt so serene and perfect.

It was one of those world-stopping moments that I’ll never forget. I sat and thought back to five months prior, when I arrived in France. I reflected on how much I felt I had grown, how much culture I had immersed myself in, how much of the world I was able to see. The amount of gratitude and tranquility I felt in that instant brought tears to my eyes.

It’s easy to let a moment pass you by, without paying attention to its importance in your life. Make sure to pause, take a deep breath, and realize the magnitude of what is going on around you. Whether your world-stopping moment is sitting alone in a foreign country, or sitting in your favorite coffee shop, don’t let it go without notice. Consider the impact it has on your life, and hold on to it.

by Sydney Lapin

A self-proclaimed travel foodie, Sydney prides herself in finding the perfect spots to wine and dine. Her friends often text her for food and travel advice, and she happily provides intel on her favorite foods and sights. A detailed planner, Sydney manages to create agendas that allow time for sight-seeing, but also time for sitting in coffee shops and absorbing the local culture of a place. Sydney has traveled to over 12 different countries, mostly in Europe, and can’t wait to see more. She takes her camera with her wherever she travels, and loves to capture “world-stopping” moments.

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