I have been home for two weeks, and it feels great. It’s like nothing has changed, like my family and closest friends and I have picked up from where we had left off. It feels great to be home.
I miss Cape Town and my South African family. It felt strange to be away from them when Madiba passed away. But I’ll see my South African fam in a few weeks. It feels good to have two homes. I like it.
It took me a few days to adjust to being home. Besides jetlag and going from summer to winter, there were other adjustments as well, cultural ones. Going to Wal-Mart the day after I arrived was not a good idea—too many people, too many American accents, too much camouflage, too many choices, and an overwhelmed me.
I have changed, but it’s hard to pinpoint how. Here are a few observations: I think I’m more at ease speaking in front of a crowd. This year, I have had to speak on the spot and to prepare at the last minute for certain things. This was quite stressful for me, a careful preparer and planner; but I think it has led to some personal growth. Also, as a planner, I like to plan out my days, even if it is just in my head. Before I moved to Cape Town, I would go a bit nuts if things didn’t go according to plan; but living in a more relationship-focused culture is helping me to be more flexible and more people-oriented. I think I see this evolving trait a bit more clearly since I have been back home. Although I still plan out my days, I don’t really care, for the most part, if things don’t go according to plan. I’m just enjoying being with my family and friends. I don’t really care what we do as long as we are together.
I wonder if I will notice more changes in the weeks ahead.
2 thoughts on “Home Sweet Home”
We love having you back in your Nashville home! How blessed you are to have been able to make two homes for yourself.
HOPE YOU STOP BY GBOD TO SEE US BEFORE YOU LEAVE. ENJOY HEARING YOUR STORIES. Merry Christmas to you and your family.