Mozart in my life

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When I was in high school, we listened to Mozart in music class and the only thing I had on my mind was: "This is BORING".
When I was in Austria as an EVS volunteer, I had the opportunity to go and visit the apartment where Mozart grew up. I saw his piano, his violin, the letters he wrote to his mother. In one of the letters he explained how he was traveling to a concert during the winter and how he would have to play the violin with a frozen fingers.
After, I went to a Mozart concert in Vienna and I could hear the music differently. I felt more connected to the music.
It was time to go work and live in Austria.
This was going to be my first time out of Macedonia, away from everything that I knew.It was also my first time on a plane and I was very nervous. Before that I had only seen pictures of Vienna and other parts of Europe.
When I got to Vienna, the first thing we did was meet each other during orientation. I was sent on a Scavenger hunt with other volunteers whom I did not know and in a city I had never visited.
The organisation that I worked with was a humanitarian organisation called "Caritas". This organisation took care of teenagers seeking asylum from countries affected by war like Afghanistan, Iran and Somalia.
My colleagues treated me as a valuable member of the Caritas team. I would stay longer at work because I felt useful there and I enjoyed learning about the lives of the teenagers who lived there.
We engaged these young people in different activities such as swimming, ice skating and running the Vienna International Marathon. These young people were really interested in trying different activities and learning about one another.
During my EVS service the Earthquake in Haiti happened. The teenagers I was working with reacted in a way I never would have reacted like at their age. From the 15 euro given to them per week for food and pocket money, they each saved and donated about 10 euro. These teenagers were interested in helping other people whom they never met from a place they have never been in. Their actions made me aware that I had never even thought about donating money for a humanitarian cause.
I came back home as a different person. I realized that people are the same everywhere. Some, like, myself are fortunate to have been born in a country like Macedonia where as a child I never had to worry about the war and poverty. Through these experience I became more decisive and self-confident. I had the opportunity to discover the excitement of traveling and to realize that people and their stories are what make life interesting, and worth while.
EVS opened my eyes to Mozart in the same way that it opened my eyes to the world. I'm now interested in the world not as just something to look at, but as something to experience.

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