In one week, after a few more days in Athens and a short stay in Dublin, I’ll will be back on U.S. soil. More than 5 1/2 months of living abroad seems to have stretched out for much longer this time. For me, spending time in a new place (3 months in Spain, 2 months in Croatia) really opened up the opportunity for revelation – not just knowing a city without a map, or learning a few words in the local language, but it’s really the unique and wonderful people that time allows you to connect with. Each and every place continues to show me how we all are inexplicably linked together by so many common threads – and to be there long enough to let these truths naturally unearth themselves.
It’s an opportunity I feel incredibly lucky to have had.
I’m both excited and motivated returning this time around – catching up with family and friends of course – seeing my girlfriend for the first time in 3 weeks! …but for the first time I’m looking at this as an opportunity to do more. A chance for a fresh start to think bigger and in different ways – personally and professionally. The wanderlust will always be in me – I can help it and wont fight it. I will always travel to new places, meet amazing new friends, and generally be a vagabond at heart – but there’s always something special about returning home after a long time…especially when you’re ready for it.
“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
– Nelson Mandela