Plane Rides & Changing Tides

Six more hours until I land in the United States of America.

I’m not ready.

After pushing “pause” on reality for five weeks, the time has come for me to re-enter my usual routine. It’s time for me to go back to work, start school, and resume my “normal,” daily life.

False. Life will never be “normal” again, nor should it be.

They told us during orientation that our lives would be “ruined for the ordinary,” and I half-heartedly believed them. Now, five weeks later, I 100% believe every word they spoke over us. I’m definitely not the same, and I definitely want these changes to affect my life as a university student in America.

I like living differently. I like having my world turned upside-down and inside-out. I like the challenges to my heart. I appreciate the personal growth I’ve undergone this summer; I’m enjoying the newly broadened perspective of the world around me. I’ve internalized my experiences, and I’m currently processing this summer and working through the tumultuous whirlwind of thoughts zooming around inside my head. I’ve decided to continue blogging about my summer experiences for the time being, for there are so many thoughts I wish to share. I’ve yet to write about the places that I’ve visited, and I hope to depict an even clearer understanding of living life in Hong Kong. The majority of my posts while in HK helped me to process my current experiences, but as I take the adequate time to reflect on these past five weeks post-trip, I plan to share some of my favorite memories and events from my time in Asia. Be on the lookout for posts about my time in Beijing as well, and I even had the opportunity to do some sightseeing in San Francisco that I’ve yet to record.

On my last day in Hong Kong, I discovered this journal in a local stationary store:

Even though my time in Asia is sadly coming to an end, I’m trusting that a new beginning is right around the corner. 🙂

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