Saturday, March 22, 2014

On Going Back

Coming back to Chicago is starting to feel normal now. It felt right to fly over the city lights and see the downtown, and know I was going right there - to the city.

It's always a little sad to leave the mountains. Mountains are good for my soul. Their majesty inspires me and reminds me of the Lord's power and value of beauty. But I'm comfortable in the city too. I'm almost surprised that I can say that now.

I guess what's important is what my parents always say... "It's all about the contrast." Because I have been able to get out of the city at times this past year, I've come to appreciate things about living in Chicago that I wouldn't maybe see if I didn't have contrast. Things like walking a block to Walmart for quick groceries, seeing Tyler and Lara (thank you Tyler, for picking me up from the airport last night!!), fun city events, taking public transportation anywhere, or having friends down the hall from me in the dorm.

It feels right to be back, though a part of me will always be somewhere else in the world. That's just how it is with a TCK (Third Culture Kid), but I'm ok with that. There are so many places that are dear to my heart, and people I care about in different places. For that reason, wherever I go, I need to try to "be all there" (the harder part for me), and yet continue to fully value and remember every unique experience.

All that to say:

See you in May, Colorado.

Hello again, Chicago.


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