This year has been incredible and full of new people, places, experiences, sights, adventures, food and memories. It's a time I'll never forget and always cherish for being such a departure from the norm.
But in less than two weeks I'll be home where nothing has changed, at least not for me. It will be a return to basically square one after college graduation -- unemployed, living with my parents, still unsure about the next step. Travel more? (Probably.) Find a "real" job? (Unlikely.)
For everyone else, though, a lot has happened over the past year. People have gotten married, had babies, landed cool jobs, moved to various places around the country and had a year's worth of experiences that I wasn't there for, at least not physically.
So I think the butterflies in my stomach stem less from not wanting to move home and more from not being sure where I fit into all of this. It was easy to adjust to life in the USA after coming home from four months in London and after a week or two, it was like I'd never left.
A year is a long time and 7000 miles is a huge distance. The Internet has kept me connected with friends and family but definitely isn't a substitute for being there in person. And so in the back of my mind is the niggling little thought:
Where do I fit in?
Unrelated, but I just saw this Taylor Swift video for the first time and it definitely made me cry. Is it just me?