Long Way From Home

I’m a whole bunch of different types of sick. Insert it and I’ve probably cycled through the emotion at some point. To those special people in my life. I miss you terribly, everyday. I don’t want to bother you so that’s why I don’t always reach out first. A random message or letter would really make my day. I love you all and hope all is well.

This is what people don’t talk about enough when it comes to traveling. It can be very exhausting: emotionally, physically, and mentally. It can be very expensive and you’re not even aware of how much your spending because you botch currency exchange rates at times and you’re not use to spending this type of currency.

If you’re American you have this tendency to expect so much all the time. There’s a bunch of folks who want to travel to another different country every weekend. That’s awesome if you got it like that, kudos to you. However I raise this point.

What’s the point of studying abroad in a new country if you’re never there enough to spend time enjoying it?

Also the narrative about being abroad is often spoken from a position of privilege.

MARGINALIZED EXPERIENCES ABROAD MATTER.

I intend on being a global peer adviser because for students of color attending PWIs it’s important to hear different abroad experiences that resonates with them. Your story matters. Always remember that, please.

I don’t want my life to be a one in a million success story. I want it to be a typical success story not atypical.

I got humbled really quickly that my friends lives back home go on without me. Regardless of whether or not I was fine with that it was gonna help regardless. It just sucks because we’re gonna have to try our hardest to inform the other person what’s transpired over the last couple of months knowing that they won’t fully ‘get it.’

Also studying abroad isn’t a vacation. My program keeps me fairly busy which I’m very thankful for. However it’s like I have to

Live two lives simultaneously. The life I have back in the states doesn’t have an off switch simply because I’m not physically there. I have to manage that life and the life I have in Denmark. Who would’ve thought a soon to be senior would be so busy with responsibility? *Tongue in cheek*

I’ve got something to say to the folks back home and the folks scattered around the world.

We miss you just as much as you miss us. We really love hearing from ya and not feeling forgotten. We miss someone.

Tell them.

Show them.

I don’t know what type of person I’ll be once I come back to the states. I know for one thing that I’ll be stronger what that means going forward is yet to be seen. The future hasn’t been written yet.

Nonetheless I’m looking forward to all the stories and adventures that shall be told about the latest chapters in our lives.

Would I do it all over again if given the chance.

Ya damn skippy I would!

I needed to do this. I needed to grow for a lot of reasons.

Take care of yourself and your loved ones.

Peace, love, and happiness.

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