I’m back from my 3-month exchange to India. As suspected, I’ve learnt more about my time away since returning than I did while there.
My first day back on campus I walked around upper campus, greeted people, and spoke about my trip. I learnt that I felt less Canadian upon my return, that I really liked (and missed) the sun, and that I loved ability to be in a community where I’ve known many of the members for years.
For the first few weeks it felt as though I had not left yet. Little things were different and I knew I had changed greatly, but everything else seemed the same.. Quest.. home.
My discomfort with being back in the familiar led me to think about my growth. One friend gave me the metaphor of a crab. When a crab grows too large for its shell, it has to find a new one. It finds one too big for it and then has to grow into this new one. In that time period of growth, the shell doesn’t fit right. However, the whole point is for the crab to have more space to grow into a shell that’s even bigger. I lost my old shell in India and I’m currently in a bigger shell, trying to take up the remaining space. It’s a scary and rough process, but so worth it.
I had a different set of priorities in India and since I was not as big a part of the community, I was able to re-evaluate my life at Quest. While away I wrote a list of my new ideas of what I find important:
-time for others
-knowing people and names and stories
Coming back home I’ve appreciated knowing people, names, stories, and places and my roles within them.
Surprising those that had made a surprise party for me.. then being given multiple layers, because of how cold I was in the Canadian winter.
Hiking the chief for the FIRST TIME within a few days of returning home.
My beautiful views.
Likes of India:
People wear seatbelts