Being home is wonderful. This morning, I got into my mom and dad’s comfy bed while my mom was fixing her hair; we were chatting about all sorts of stuff and there was this great breeze coming in the window. I thought this is one of those great, small moments that I will fall back on when I am feeling homesick.
I am not going to lie. Last year was incredibly difficult at times. Sometimes, I just got through the day, barely, only to get up and start all over again in a foreign land. Many times, it was a struggle to remain positive and upbeat. But there were also fantastic moments of personal triumphs. Little worries I had before, now I just brush off my shoulder. I mean, I conquered Hong Kong… what did you do today type thing. And I think it’s this mix of hardship and challenge, which can be very humbling, with these personal triumphs that has given me this new sense of self. Oddly, I feel more comfortable in my own skin now then I ever have. Don’t get me wrong. I am still a work in progress, but I guess I like the direction I am headed.
Things I miss about the States that I took for granted:
1) the radio – music old and new
2) cool breezes coming in while I nap – heaven
3) fast, interrupted internet service – had no idea how much I took this for granted
4) Bravo – I miss the mind-numbing television
5) Choices, choices, choices – do people in the US even know how good they have it?
Since I have been home, people keep asking me about the food in China. I have to say, I am probably the last person to ask about food. It’s like asking a fish about bicycles. I am just not a foodie. I don’t really even like watching cooking shows; just not that interested. That I wish I could change about myself as I feel that I am missing a great part of the experience and culture of a place, but then again, I suppose there are worse things!
And a quick shout out to Christy… my mom did make me a sandwich and it was delicious!