Every great journey is paved with bumps in the road, but it’s those very bumps that make those journeys great. I made this great and drastic move because I felt that something was missing in my life. I didn’t know what it was, but I was willing to set out on the road to find it. It’s too soon to tell if I’ll find it here, but I am meeting so many great people and having so many great experiences that it is worth all of it.
Still, despite all of this wonderfulness, I found myself in the pits of homesickness last weekend, my first major bump in the road. I knew I would face it at some point, and the 5 week mark seemed as an appropriate time as any. I have never really ever been away from home except for summer camp once, so I wasn’t quite sure how I would handle it. Apparently I experience homesickness by crying and projecting my sometimes hypochondriac tendencies on my dog. He was panting not because it was 105 degrees, but obviously because he was dying of some terrible illness Every look, every sneeze was my dogs last. It was all very ridiculous. I finally had to take him to the vet just to give me some peace of mind. Rest assured, he is fine.
I could feel myself begin to come out of my dark homesick tunnel this week. I hung out with friends, ate frozen yogurt, and spent an evening perched on a hill overlooking this beautiful city. Behind me children laughed and played in a fountain, couples and families chatted and enjoyed the cool of the evening, and there was this magnificent (and it is magnificent) city all lit up in front of me. I was overwhelmed with a feeling of being so lucky to be in this place at this time.
With that I had crossed over that bump in the road.
There are many more bumps to come I am sure. In the meantime I am on this road with so many new amazing friends, unique Austin experiences, and an ice cream festival tomorrow to boot! Who could ask for more?