365 days. And what an incredible year it’s been! On this day last year, April 9, 2017, I returned home from my 5-month jaunt to South America. I have no problem admitting that I was homesick and missed family and friends like never before. I craved NJ. That’s something only a select few can ever say with any honesty.
After an action-packed and adventurous trip, I managed to find my way back into a ‘normal life’, even though that term lost some meaning. As I found a temporary then permanent job, I was plagued with questions. What did this trip mean? Did it mean anything? Am I a different person for it? Good news is I’m still myself. Bad news, I still don’t have the answers. But what I do have is a stronger realization of the trip itself.
One of the difficulties I had coming home was just recognizing that I even went on a trip at all. It felt like a dream for a long time, but it is finally starting to resonate. It has been one of my greatest accomplishments, just for the blunt craziness I needed to pull it off. Leaving a job that gave me comfort and a life that gave most anything I needed wasn’t easy. But as I’ve mentioned, one of the best things about traveling is that the memories gained can never be taken away so long as you are alive. Many many thanks to all of those who I was fortunate enough to cross paths with on this amazing journey 🙂