Sometimes I look around and wonder how I got here. Where did I steal the gumption to up and quit my job and fly to a developing country? And for four months?! I was contemplating this as I looked in the mirror, brushing my teeth as I showered (because bathrooms here are awesome enough you can do all of that at the same time). I’m not sure where I got the courage, but I am so glad I found it somewhere.
I have gotten to meet so many wonderful people in the three weeks I’ve been here. People with whom I’ve had only a passing encounter; or spent days exploring mountains and natural wonders; watched rainstorms and experienced the beauty of majestic rainbows; couldn’t communicate in words with, but I bought a handmade piece, and when we saw each other days later both our faces lit up and we bowed to each other in joy; little children who inspired stories to flow from my creative conscience once again; sharing the best homemade chai I’ve ever tasted; meditating with strangers as the sun set behind the mountains; being lonely and dragging myself up and out anyway and being blow away by some wonderful experience.
It hasn’t always been easy. Night is often my greatest enemy – overwhelming thoughts and doubts have time to rush in, and I don’t have my furry best friend to hold and purr them away for me. Night is when I miss my boy, my family, my friends, and wonder what the heck I’m doing halfway around the world from them all. When I find myself feeling this way, I know tomorrow is a new, and probably better, day waiting to be discovered and enjoyed to the fullest. And I know if I become so miserable this trip is no longer worth it, I can always hop a flight home.
But for now, I’m staying. Because new friends and adventures are just at the light of a new dawn.