It’s nearing the end of November already, which means a few different things in my life. First of all, Thanksgiving is over which marks my second Thanksgiving here and my first Thanksgiving that I’ve taken on the task of cooking. It was a great day spent with new and old friends. Granted I wasn’t with my family in the states for the holiday, but my friends here have become somewhat of a family for me and I couldn’t have asked for anything more out of the day. Second, we’re now entering ‘Christmas time’, which is one of my favorite times of the year. The people in my life, snow, the spirit, the music, and the celebrations all make this time of year important and meaningful to me. Finally, I now only have eleven months left here. It feels like just a few weeks ago I was getting on the plane to come here, and now I’m beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s been one of the most challenging yet rewarding years of my life. I can honestly say I don’t think I have grown, experienced and/or felt so much as I have in the past 14 months in comparison with any other time in my life.
The things that are consuming my life now are issues concerning my work here, my purpose and what I want to do in the future. I’m reaching a fork in the road where one path takes me back home to the states to pursue a career there and the other takes me somewhere I’m unsure of now but revolves around sacrificing a career at home and leading a life abroad indefinitely. Selfish thoughts pull me home while ideas of what ‘could be’ and how I may be able to make an affect in other people’s lives sway my decision towards staying abroad.
Amazing things have been happening back home. My cousin, Charlie, has married a brilliant and wonderful woman. My sister is becoming a beautiful young woman. My elder brother and sister are leading successful careers and paving the way quite well. My parents, all of them, are settling into their lives and becoming great friends to me on top of their roles as parents. I feel so blessed to have them, and the rest of my family and friends back home, all in my life in all of the caring and quirky ways they affect me.
Overall, life is good – no, great – right now. It’s not always easy, but I think easy is boring, so I’m thankful for the challenge. Also, I wouldn’t trade the discussions of James Bond’s sexuality, kitty massage, Superman, and all of the other random ramblings for anything.
Thanks to everyone who has entered my life in the past year and to those who have supported me and joined me throughout it all, I appreciate you all more than words can express. Here’s to eleven more months!
I love you all!
In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. – Proverbs 16:9