I’ve been home for about 20 hours. In that time I have whirled myself back into the motions of my “normal” life quickly – laundry, shower, sleep, eat, drive, work, eat, work, drive, pay bills, etc. However, I am also feeling some additional layer to all of this – almost like I am going through these things physically but also watching myself go through them at the same time. Maybe that makes no sense, but I feel like I am adding some perspective to the whole experience of travel, besides just going somewhere, seeing things and continuing along my merry way.
This isn’t the first time I have felt this way, but maybe it’s the first time I thought about it in a way that I could articulate. It’s that feeling of being in one place that looks, smells and lives one way and then going to a completely opposite place in the span of 10 hours or so. Even walking into my house gave me a reality shiver (I also actually shivered since I was going from 90+ degrees in Haiti to 17 degrees in Kansas City). Driving my car after a week, selecting a sandwich at a restaurant, knowing it was safe to drink out of the tap, etc. got me thinking more about how to take a trip with you in more than just your memories.
I gave myself a break on this trip and didn’t keep a journal. I usually keep a rigid, task-oriented journal when I am away in the hopes of being able to relive the trip over and over again in the future. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to capture this trip, it was more of an experiment, and an effort to give myself a break. I liked it. It was easier to think my own thoughts without agonizing over whether I would sound whiny or silly in decades to come as I referred back to my journal entries. I had more time to think of things outside of what was at hand. I even had times when I thought about nothing.
It’s different being back home, but I think it’s getting easier to take people and experiences with me in a way that is more than trivial. I know it will take me more practice to really grasp and live out that whole “world citizen” concept, but I’m getting there. Thanks for checking in!
|I’ll be posting more photos soon, but here is one that I liked and wanted to share. These girls were part of the group I referenced in my last blog post.|