I’m just gonna skip over the part where I apologize for not blogging during the past several weeks’ worth of significant life events and give a quick summary of what’s been going on, strictly for chronology’s sake.
I had my last few weeks in Korea, said a few heartfelt goodbyes, collected my things in disbelief, and headed home. I then managed to board three perfectly flawless international flights without getting dinged for a weight overage charge on my luggage before completely side-stepping the killer jet lag everyone had warned me about, and am now enjoying a very leisurely and heart warming few weeks with my family. I haven’t lost more than a few minutes’ time on regret, longing, disappointment, or any of the other symptoms I was warned would hurl me into re-entry shock. For now, at least, I seem to have arrived unscathed. I can’t help but compare my former self with the post-Korea self and I don’t think I’m just flattering myself by saying I am more grateful, patient, clear-headed, and calm. It’s nice to have a fresh outlook that allows me to see these things. But, it is pretty weird to feel like the entire year was just a blip that came and went. It does feel strange to refer to everything in the past tense.
On a side note, election time is a funny time to arrive back in the states- to put it euphemistically. My perspective on public policy, specifically foreign policy, has changed significantly over the past year and I seem to have fine-tuned my ear for bullshit, which makes things very loud and overwhelming.