I thought coming back home would be easier than leaving, but it turned out to be the opposite. Not that I don't love coming back to see my family and friends, but I thought after two months of being away home might be different. But coming back I'm realizing most things are the same as when I left, instead what's changed is me. I definitely feel different, I'm now someone who is used to being around people 24/7 and always on the go. I didn't know there would be an even greater culture shock coming back home but that has turned out to be the case.
After going away and experiencing so many different things it's hard for some people who weren't there to relate or understand. People can only listen to your stories for so long. Only the people there really understand what you went through. That has been one of the toughest parts. I wish it was easier to explain everything that happened but no amount of stories or pictures would be enough.
Going from new people and places everyday to coming home to the way everything was when I left it, would be hard for anyone. How do you adjust back to the way things were? Just like coming home from vacations in the past it usually takes a few weeks for things to feel normal again. I'll eventually get back into my usual routine and get used to being back home. But at the same time, I don't want things to feel the same again, and I never want to forget what it felt like when I was abroad. As each day passes, it gets further and further away and each day I just want to go back. There is still that burning passion in me that wants to keep traveling and experiencing new things. That never goes away no matter how long it's been.
It is great to be back home and to see everyone I missed while abroad. Catching up with friends is always something I really enjoy and it's nice when you have people who really care about you and want to know all about your time abroad. My family is definitely glad to have me home and I missed them so much. As amazing as it is to be able to have these opportunities and to go travel the world, it's always nice to have a place to call home to come back to at the end of the day and I'm forever grateful for that.