This is a bittersweet post because it marks the start of the next stage of my life while simultaneously marking the end of another. Although, by now, I should be quite used to transitions, and this just feels like one to add to the list.
A few weeks ago, I left Missoula, Montana, where I had lived since last August for a grad program, and came home to Mascoutah to unpack, re-pack, and fit in all the time with my family and food that I can’t bring with me as possible. (I may have overdone it with the last of that list…) To where am I headed? Mongolia. This should strike a chord of fear or anxiety in me, but this entire past semester has been filled with reading books, writing papers, watching documentaries, and listening/explaining to people about Mongolia. So, my reaction is, ‘What? It’s just Mongolia.’ As if anyone could ever say Mongolia or any other foreign country is just anything. Yet I feel a sense of comfort when I think of it. That’s got to be good, right?
Now I have one day left at home. One day. How is it possible to make significant plans on a significant day? Doesn’t everything, from the temperature of the toilet seat to the scrunch of my sister’s face as she giggles at a hilarious–or awful–joke I’ve made, take on extra meaning on days like that? Each moment becomes dear. Sometimes, that is. Other times, each moment is just another moment, taking on meaning only in hindsight. I expect a mixture of both tomorrow.
As I begin, endure, and extend this adventure of mine, I aim to write about it. No worries, I aim to include only the best–most likely the most interesting, intriguing, and/or amusing aspects– here, after I sift out the nonsensical clutter of my mind, for all to read and to enjoy. Some of you have been added to a list of people who will automatically receive updates every time I post. If you would prefer not to be on that list, please let me know, and I will remove your email address with no hard feelings. Really. I’ll assume you hate me, and my self-esteem may lower drastically, but I’ll understand.
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Good night all. I’m excited for you to join me on this odyssey.