Or when you're readjusting after a move.
It has been kind of a roller coaster of adjustments. Not all bad. Not all good. But a balance of ups and downs to feel alright about what's to come. I feel like I've kind of done these last three months (three?!) in phases. July was full of traveling and seeing people and trying to pretend I wasn't experiencing culture shock at every turn. (Wow…there are a LOT of semis on the road!) August was all about getting into routines and trying to figure out what day to day would look like. September has been a month of trying to connect, whether with people or situations or culture. And just when I am starting to feel like I might have an idea what that all looks like, I'm leaving. I know this trip will be good and I'm excited for aspects of it, but I also know this trip kicks off two months of travel, which means November and December will be all about starting routines and connecting all over again.
This amount of travel won't be normal, so I am not concerned about this being a long-term thing, but it's hard to start out this way. If only I had someone on a plane with me…or meeting me on the other side. Traveling is fun, but it's sweeter with people to be goofy, explore, and laugh alongside. You can only take so many selfies before they all start to look the same. (And really…the world should be done with selfies.)
So it's off to the UK tomorrow for a conference. I'm giving a presentation. And I'm nervous. I know it's not about me, so that takes some pressure off, but there are still nerves. Thankfully, though, I get to cross an item off my bucket list after the presentation is complete -- a night at the Globe Theater to see a Shakespeare play. If that's not motivation to finish well, I'm not sure what is.
Stories to come. Likely at least one embarrassing one (because lets face it…I kind of seem to always have one of those while traveling) and a whole host of others. Pray for my trip. Pray for my presentation. And pray that I don't get lost…or get hit by a car coming from the opposite direction…or have to show my "I have no idea what you're saying" face. English is hard.