I’ve been given a challenge. We’ll not so much a challenge as an insightful suggestion.
After spending nearly 4 months in India, writing about some of my most meaningful experiences several times a week, I’ve now slipped back into the sometimes-comfortable, sometimes-overwhelming pattern of my final semester at college. Still grappling with reverse culture shock, it has become easy for me to fixate on specific experiences in India that I miss or that fester in dark little pockets of memory. I think in some ways I’ve lost the big picture (if there is a big picture) of my experiences last semester because of this. And I’ve also become a bit doubtful that there is a way that my daily life in India relates to my daily life in Ohio.
The challenge I was presented with, then, was to reread all my posts from the semester and let them baste for a bit. After some time, I might be able to say something about them that approaches insightful. Hopefully it will also help me in the process of making sense of all these experiences that happened so quickly and dropped me back in central Ohio so suddenly.
So, in the next two weeks I’m truly going to take this suggestion to heart and reread what I’ve written. Over spring break, I’ll organize my thoughts and get back to you with my first real post in months.
It can be hard to keep up with blogging while at college and I’m discovering that’s often because I lose sight of how my experiences all relate to each other. Hopefully this will be a good exercise, not just for me, but for anyone who is working on integrating meaningful experiences they’ve had elsewhere into their daily lives here and now.
See you all in a week or two!