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Daily Kaylee // 12.27.17

im writing this from 37 thousand feet up. I am 2 hours out from frankfurt, germany, my second stop in my journey to thessaloniki, greece. for the next two and a half weeks I will be partaking in a clinical fellowship in papageorgiou general hospital. during this time i will be shadowing physicians from various different specialties and learning about the health care system in greece. greece is one of my favorite places in the world and I am so fortunate to be able to learn with thessaloniki as my backdrop for the next few weeks.

i’m hoping this experience will offer me insight into what I want to do career wise.

the edge of ireland is growing further away as england becomes visible. flying over millions of people’s homes and lives. I hope to one day go to ireland and england and experience more than the warm glow of their cities from thousands of feet above. think of all of the places we fly over that we will never see at ground view. of all of the places we’ve been but haven’t been at the same time.

i will be posting updates here as often as I can, along with some fun photos.







DAILY KAYLEE: ‘Curiosity killed the cat’

I don’t know if I just watched too many episodes of Jeopardy yesterday or if I’m shook after discovering the true difference between yams and sweet potatoes but I am all in the feels today and I can’t stop questioning curiosity. “Curiosity killed the cat,” a phrase to caution against getting involved in people’s affairs to avoid getting into trouble.

Life is within this curiosity. Being inquisitive is how we develop into our true selves and live our life as it was meant to be.

As we grow up we are taught how to act and even how to think. We adapt many of our parents beliefs never questioning what may not make sense.

I was a product of my parents. I was religious because my mom was and I attended church with her (almost) every sunday. I spent 9 years going to bible camp and went on many other church sponsored trips. I was confirmed and continued to attend youth group every wednesday until my junior year.

I was always the one who would ask the tough questions about religion and it would bother me if things didn’t seem to line up. I understand that religion is different for everyone but I’ll quickly explain why I chose to explore myself outside of the Christian church. To start, I will say that missionaries and the history of Christianity never really sat right with me. We don’t need one world religion and forcing people to believe one thing just goes against everything I believe in. The way some denominations choose to ignore certain parts of the bible never really added up to me. Like hell is real but God will forgive you of your sins and God loves everyone, even if they don’t love him. So who the hell goes to hell? And if my religion says I’m going to heaven but another person’s says that I’m going to hell, what happens?

Growing up I was told that God has a plan for us and he is with us in each life event and each day. When a tragedy struck me my freshman year of high school, however, I noticed the plan start to change. It became God putting us on earth with certain intentions but then simply acting as an observer and confidant. It felt as though people wanted to see God as doing all of the good in our life but when something bad happens He has nothing to do with it. It felt too convenient and too easy. I struggled with this for a few years. Asked numerous people and looked to various different bible passages searching for something to finally answer the inconsistencies. My junior year of high school was a breaking point for me, I began to feel so frustrated with Christian values. On paper it sounds great; spread respect and love and always be kind but it was in execution that it fell short for me. I know some truly amazing people from church but I also know some amazing people who aren’t necessarily religiously affiliated. And, honestly, I started to feel the most hostility while in my church. As I began going to less events people started acting differently towards me and almost grew angry. I wanted to distance myself to ask questions and explore myself and this reaction really made me realize that I was making the right decision. I currently feel that far too many people use religion to excuse ‘unChristian’ or ‘wrong’ things that they may do. Like, “Yes, I’ve messed up but it’s okay because God will forgive me and I’ll try to be better” In my opinion, many people really hide behind religion and use it as a way to make them feel better about themselves. I know, you’re probably thinking how cynical am I? But as long as I am pursuing what I want and what I believe and I am doing my best to be the most respectful and kind person I can be, isn’t that what we should both want?

But it wasn’t just religion that shaped me, it was also political values. I grew up with a conservative father and honestly, was entirely ignorant for the majority of my life (I like to think I’m little less ignorant now). My senior year of high school I engaged in many heated and important conversations about a wide array of topics. In these, I LISTENED. Thinking critically about what other people were saying to me has changed me as a human being. My world expanded and I felt almost ashamed of how much time I had spent just repeating what my parents said and being what I felt society expected me to be. I became aware of just how freaking privileged I was. Finally opening your eyes and seeing white privilege/white supremacy, ahhhh thats a game changer. So, I continued my journey of listening and speaking. I became politically active for the first time in my life. I protested and I voiced my opinions. I grew. I became a better person and discovered another part of myself.

Curiosity is what can lead us on a journey of self discovery, even if it gets us into trouble sometimes. Nows where you’re going to think to yourself, “this girl is like 7 half bubbles off plumb.” So if curiosity killed the cat, at least the cat was on a path of discovery, asking questions and exploring the world for itself. This doesn’t mean you have to throw caution to the wind necessarily but I do think we all owe it to ourselves to find who we truly are; and if that means you’re religious or not, that’s okay.

Curiosity doesn’t have to be huge, scary questions but it can be having an intense google hunt for the truth of if yams and sweet potatoes are different. Or seeking to understand if whipped cream is whipped in the can or if the pressure whips it as it dispenses the whip cream. These are very small things but as I found myself having these discussions over the past week, I thought to myself how beautiful these small questions can be and how asking them sparked conversation and laughter. Curiosity is how we advance as a society. Never shy away from asking the hard questions or even the small ones that may seem unimportant. Life is within this curiosity. Who would you be if society wasn’t telling you who you had to be?






Daily Kaylee: Thoughts on pulling out of the Paris Agreement

The issue of climate change can be a complicated one when you bring politics into play. For individual states, the costs of reducing greenhouse emission are almost unrelated to the benefits of a solution. If one state reduces its industrial production or makes expensive investments in new technologies, this will have little effect on the long-term outcome unless other states do likewise.

*25 percent of greenhouse gases annually come from the U.S. (20 tons per person annually).* So, I think it’s fair that the United States be required to have a heavy hand in slowing the effects of climate change.

This is an issue that needs to be looked at long term. When environmental collective goods problems are solved, the participants get a short-term bill to pay and then the long term benefits may not be enjoyed for generations, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t worth it and aren’t extremely important. Honestly, this is just another selfish move on the part of Donald Trump which, unfortunately, means on our part.

However, there are so many things we can do as individuals to create change.