One of the harsh realities of living abroad, is that the world does not stop spinning.
While that might sound like a stupid and incredibly obvious statement to make (because of course, duh… time continues and the world does keep going no matter if I’m here or there)… sometimes the actual reality of this is hard to grasp.
*** Side Bar **** Now I know most of my recent posts have been a little bit negative and down lately… that’s just where I’m at right now. Don’t get me wrong, life is great but this adjustment period is in no way easy. The purpose of this blog for me isn’t to be all sunshines and rainbows, I try and be as honest as possible. Basically I just type these posts on here exactly the same way as I write in my journal (as if you can’t tell from all the grammatical errors & typos because honestly, I don’t proofread it much at all). Because, I just like to share how I’m feeling, the good the bad and everything in between (that’s also why most of it makes 0 sense)… anyway RANT OVER.
The world spins madly on, no matter where in the world you are.
This is hard to realize. When I came home, for the most part everything looked and felt the same, but really nothing is the same.
Starting with me, I can say with 100% certainty that I am not the same person I was two years ago when I left for this journey of living abroad. The person who got on that plane, and the person who got off that plane, are different people. This experience has changed me, shaped me in indescribable and invaluable ways. And I could not be any happier about it.
But I have re entered into my life (which in and of itself has had some difficulties) but also, I’ve noticed changes. The passing of time, everyone keeps going with their lives, whether or not I’m here.
- My friends are doing things together, without me… what are they not going to spend time together simply because I am away? of course not.
- My family (parents especially) are getting older. There’s changes in the way they act, the way that the do things .. the fact is they’re aging and being away for all this time makes me realize it even more.
- My dog is getting older, I mean she is 13 years old but she has aged so much during my time away.
- LIFE IS HAPPENING
It’s a hard reality to face, that everything is not going to stay exactly as it is in this moment. But at the same time, that is an absolutely amazing thing because that means that this world we live in is full of so many possibilities.
So I guess what I’m realizing is that you need to enjoy every second of this wonderful life we’re given, and make every moment count!