You are back home from your travels. What was once your reality now feels like a distant dream. This dream excites you so much that your core lusts for it, but your mind can’t quite comprehend that it once was a reality.
I have figured out that traveling, especially for an extended period of time, does something to you that you cannot prepare for. It changes your views on all aspects of life. You see everything in a new light and like it did for me, may come as a huge shock. This new view on the world is not a bad thing, unless you take it that way, as I did at first. It’s a very great thing. Travelling opens up your eyes, mind, heart, and soul. It changes your world forever. In a way, it makes you feel like you are constantly travelling and that one place you call home, never really feels the same again. I felt really happy to see all my friends and family, but I couldn’t fight the feeling that I felt completely out of place. I feel that I am out of my comfort zone, which is funny because wasn’t the place I grew up in for the past twenty-one years supposed to be my comfortable place? It no longer feels that way for me. I feel disconnected and out of place - overwhelmed.
As you lay in bed, your mind becomes immersed in a completely different place, and without notice, your heart begins to flutter with the same excitement and happiness you thought you would never feel again. Almost like a parent would tell their child, you now tell your heart, “No. Go back to sleep. Those things aren’t realistic anymore”. You tell your heart to stop and to let you have happiness here. Because everyone else seems to be happy, your dreams are unrealistic. It’s time to be an adult now.
It has been quite a struggle returning home, but I am so glad that I decided to take those years of my life to leave everything behind and travel the world. 27 months isn’t really a lot of time in your life, but it changed my whole life.