it is finally happening.
i’m setting out onto a new adventure! something totally different from anything i’ve ever done before.
where am i going?
what will i be doing?
volunteering by helping kids learn english.
how long will i be there?
a little over eleven months.
it’s hard to believe, isn’t it? even for me it is hard to believe.
if you know anything about me, you know that i love to travel. you might have even seen my post about that. this time will be different though. this won’t be like the missions trip i went on or all the vacations i’ve taken to foreign countries. this time, i’ll be permanently living there.
the idea of living in a foreign country over nine thousand miles away thrills and terrifies me at the same time.
well, it has been awhile since i started writing this post. and believe it or not, i am in taiwan.
it hasn’t even been that long and i feel like i’ve been here for weeks. so much has happened in such a short amount of time it just doesn’t feel real.
i’m still dealing with some jet lag (for some reason, i just can’t seem to sleep in at all.). the number of different kinds of food that i’ve had here probably number more than the different kinds of food i’ve had over my entire life.
okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. but still, almost everything that i have had here is something different.
in all honesty, it has been a bit overwhelming. there is so much to take in. too much. i mean, it is good. great even! but it is a lot.
maybe this is what culture shock is. in all my travels, i have never experienced culture shock so i don’t know. maybe this is what it feels like though.
jet lag doesn’t help, but either way, i’ve felt consistently exhausted. there have been multiple times that i’ve zoned out or nodded off during the day. (i have had so many embarrassing moments.) and my sleeping habits often don’t leave feeling well rested.
i still go in and out of feeling so excited and loving it here to feeling absolutely terrified and thinking i am crazy.
there are so many feelings and thoughts and things going through my head right now. i can’t really process it all.
but i’m doing alright. things are going well. i’m learning so much and having fun while i’m at it. i know there will be hardships, but i i think this year will see a lot of growth in me too. in the end, i think it will all be worth it.
hoping to lighten your burden,
have you ever experienced culture shock? or have you ever lived abroad for a extended period of time? let me know!