Sarah's Gap Year travel blog

I kept saying I would do one last blog about being home, but I kept putting it off. I've got to say, I've been pretty busy since I got home. I jumped right back into things without taking so much as a day off. Between seeing my friends, spending time with my family, and going back to work. I barely gave myself time to think until Tuesday when I woke up with a 103 degree fever that has knocked me out since.

I hate being sick. But after being sick in Ethiopia and India, this is nothing. I have my mom and dad to take care of me. I can drink apple juice and eat Mac N' Cheese. I can take a hot bath and put on cozy pajamas. And I have a plethora of Western medications to choose from. Being sick has never felt so comfortable!

In fact, home has never felt so comfortable before. It's true that there are a million things I will never take for granted again. To list just a few, I love having hot water showers, clean tap water, fresh fruits and vegetables that are safe to eat, my own car, safe streets to drive on, pedestrian right of way, free texting and calling, and so much more. I still get excited when everyone speaks English and when I know where everything is. I've been so caught up with everything I missed, that I haven't had much time to miss traveling.

However, the other day I went out to dinner with a friend I made in Thailand. Seeing someone from my trip in my own territory was flustering to say the least. It was great to see someone from my trip, but it forced me to accept that my trip is really over. I'm not just taking a break and heading back out in a couple weeks like I wish I was. I'm done. It's over. And that's not an easy thing to accept. There is still so much I am excited to do now that I am home and there are so many things I missed, but the fact that I don't know when I'll be abroad again is hard to come to terms with. For the past two years, every moment of my life has been dedicated to either planning or experiencing my trip. And now that's all in the past.

Luckily, I'm not coming home to nothing. Sure I have five months of working at home, but then I'm starting school at NYU. So instead of mourning the end of my trip, I've been throwing myself into planning for New York. That's kept me excited enough about what's ahead of me that I haven't gotten too sad about what's behind me. Plus, though the traveling portion is over, my trip isn't finished. I still have plenty of photos to look through, slideshows to make, and talks to give to classes and girl scout troops. I have a lot I want to do with what I've learned, so the trip may be over but the journey is far from finished.

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