After The Return
“You will never be completely at home again because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.”
In my first post I wrote, “taking the time to sit down and post on my blog has forced me to acknowledge the reality that I will be leaving the United States for 5 months.” Well, taking the time to sit down and write this final post has forced me to acknowledge the reality that my time abroad is over.
After five months abroad, I am finally back home again in Indiana (Go Indy 500!). As much as I resisted the idea of leaving Ireland, it is really good to be home – with my friends, my family, my culture, and everything familiar to me.
My first few days back were very chaotic and hectic, which made adjusting back to my daily routine difficult. I read all the material about reverse culture shock before I left for Ireland and at the time I thought to myself, “Yeah, mmhmm, okay. I understand,” but I didn’t really comprehend what it’s like until now. After all the challenges I overcame abroad, I didn’t expect reintegrating into my own culture to be the biggest challenge of them all.
Like I said in my previous post, this was truly the trip of a lifetime full of wonderful memories that I will always treasure.
Over and out –