It’s been a while since I have attempted to bring to a conclusion the musings on my USAdventure . I have found it tough to bring forth the words and summing up is difficult to do unless you are Greek brain box Euclid or one of those number inclined people.
Attempting to put three months of thoughts gleaned in the US into a decent number of paragraphs is, quite unexpectedly, not to mention perplexingly, a challenge.
The days really did – as is customary with rollercoaster rides – have plenty of ups and downs. I completed the full set of times: the happy times, some sad times, the odd worrying time and many hilarious times. There was the time I ate a bit of dog food – which tasted for want of a better word, sideways – saw tumbleweeds and cheesy films galore, said hello to a new cat and waved goodbye to a sadly passed on cat. The signature trademark of lots of books was predictably in evidence and then to top it all off, strangely I did not get any jet lag on my return whatsoever.
So what more can I add to all my previous posts from the US? Well, three months over in another country, another continent, has certainly taught me a few things, not least of all how easy it is to book a ticket and just go. The world is a frighteningly small place these days and there are copious experiences to be had, so many in fact that I failed to record them except for in my head…which is now my third favourite place to live.
It’s not just places that fascinated me – any tourist can do that – but the people, each one with so many new and unexpected experiences that they’re more than happy to share. Anywhere I happen to find myself now becomes a kaleidoscope of captivating stories and rich personalities…it’s all a bit intoxicating sometimes.
After three months I think any epiphanies that I had gleaned became subsumed within my new, albeit short on the grand scale of things, life…which is strange when I think about it as my adventures are what have shaped my thought processes and ultimately how I view and deal with life in the future. Such a gradual turn of events does make me more mindful of having to record all my thoughts as they arrive just in case those insightful gems have passed me by when I come to write-up my reflections. Everyday routine sometimes blinds us to the exceptional thoughts that we all have, so get ’em written down people.
What have I learned then? I misheard you asking. I think learning is possibly the wrong word, perhaps the question should be, how have my perspectives changed? Well I am more understanding (possibly) and grudgingly more complementary of life. I’m also way more positive with regards to viewing negative stuff and approaching…well everything these days, in such a manner. This is a major step forward for me, perhaps I will have to change my Gravatar blurb ‘Living my life through the pages of books and attempting to be social from behind the covers’ to something to reflect this, maybe.
Lastly, I suppose all I have to say is, go do stuff! it’s a cliché (which I usually avoid like the plague) but it is certainly well worth experiencing. If there is one failing of my stint over the pond though, I believe that it was my lack of posts about the local area and the customs that I became well versed in…which I really will have to put that right sometime.