It has been almost two months since I’ve arrived at Detroit Metro Airport from Sydney, Australia. I was warned that I might feel bouts of depression after such an amazing experience abroad. Now, I’m here sitting in my bed with 20 inches of snow outside and -40 degree wind chills. A few months ago, I was prancing around Australia with cute little kangaroos and laying on the beautiful beaches enjoying the 70+ degree temperatures.
WHY WOULD I EVER BE DEPRESSED?!
Today is going on my third day stuck at home with my wonderful but sometimes nagging mother. I am dreaming of my time spent in Australia. Hiking through the mountains with my fellow interns, seeing a play at the Sydney Opera House, chatting with my lovely co-workers from Dani Lombard PR and basking in the Aussie sun. However, for some reason, I feel totally content.
Here are a few reasons why my transition back to the States was an easy one.
1. It’s all about perspective. The whole time in Australia I knew I would be coming home on November 16th. I knew that my family and friends would be welcoming me with open arms. I knew it would feel amazing to be HOME. I knew the holidays would be a fun time to share my experiences with loved ones. I knew I would be heading back to school and falling in love with Athens, Ohio all over again. This perspective allowed me to experience Australia to its fullest while having something to look forward to when my journey ended.
2. I kept up with my friends and co-workers from Australia. I’m Facebook/Twitter/Instagram friends with all the interns and most of my DLPR co-workers. This makes it easy to stay connected and keep up on each others lives while living many, many miles away from one another.
3. My faith will always keeps me grounded. I know that God has a good and perfect plan for my life. Australia was a part of His incredible plan but so was me returning back to the US to be with my family during the holidays and to finish my schooling at Ohio University. Through His word, God has taught me to content with my situation at all times. Here’s one of my favorite verses that has kept me thinking positively during my transition (I actually shared this in a previous blog post and it has stuck with me).
- Philippians 4:11-13 “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether hungry or well fed, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength”
4. The end of one adventure just means another is around the corner. I wrote this in the back of my Australia photo story book and it’s so true! I had the time of my life in Australia and learned so much about myself and the culture there. However, I will be graduating college soon and finding a big girl job (fingers crossed!). Sometime, down the road, I’ll be starting a family of my own and creating more and more adventures. The adventure of life never ends!
So back to the frigid temperatures and level three snow emergency. Yes, I can’t drive anywhere and had to cancel an interview in Columbus and might go nuts locked up in my house. But if I put things into perspective, I have a warm bed and a warm house and I guess I should enjoy this time relaxing before my last semester of school starts.
On to the next adventure!