Coming home isn’t always easy. In fact, it can be downright difficult. Everyone always speaks of the ‘post travel blues’ but it’s something you can never truly understand until you have lived it yourself. I mean, surely I should feel lucky that I’ve been privileged enough to have had such incredible adventures? Well of course I do. But it doesn’t make the adjustment any easier.
It’s now a little over a month and a half since I arrived back in the UK and learning how to live in this country all over again hasn’t been an easy path. Just the other week I found myself frowning at the prices in a café, wondering why they were in pounds not pesos. Life in Buenos Aires made sense. I lived each day with a purpose, to discover, explore, learn and develop. And now I find myself living a life in transition, waiting to leave once again.
It’s all very well trying to make the most out of each day… You read, get ahead on your studies, ready for the autumn term. Work your summer job. Catch up with friends. But the distraction is only temporary… You find your mind wandering to places elsewhere… What will the next adventure be? Where will I run to next? Always moving, always changing… Wanderlust strikes again.
So what to do? How to make the most out of each moment you have? After all, life is not permanent. Morbid as it sounds, it doesn’t go on forever. I’ve learnt my lesson that you never know when your time might run out. So take a second to just appreciate each day, look for that ray of sunshine. The one little thing that can brighten up your world… Harness every opportunity you have. Find your roots in this new community you now find yourself in.
What don’t you know about where you live? What haven’t you seen? Go and seek it out. Discovery doesn’t have to be something that only happens thousands of miles away. It can be right there on your doorstep. Appreciate it. Live it.
And then, when the time inevitably rolls around again, crack open that savings account. Start planning. Realise those dreams. Embark on that adventure.
And so it begins, all over again…