Ever After?

Trip Start Sep 17, 2007
Trip End Oct 08, 2008

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Monday, December 1, 2008

The trip was incredible.  I would go again in a heartbeat. 

Of course, the most common answer to the most common question was easily predictable for us (although I'll make you choose for yourself, and not tell you our own answer).  Where would you go back to?  What was your favorite place? 

Travis didn't want to write the last entry until he had a job and could say that it all ended happily ever after.  For me, as a humanities major in an economically interesting period, life is not all roses.  And yet, for me it all has nothing to do with now.  I wouldn't trade the last year for anything. 

My perspectives have changed a bit.  I'm less stressed about needing to save the world.  I've discovered that, by and large, the world does, actually, manage to take care of itself.  I don't think I've changed a great deal, and I think I expected that I would.  There's the travelling me and there's the home me, and now that I'm home, that Erin is front and center.  I do find my experiences shaping my conversations in unexpected ways, and my companions don't always expect that part of me.  And there's always the travel snobbery to contend with.  One must always attempt to curb any burbling of travel snobbery in mixed company. 

Now I'm home.  I thought I knew what I wanted, but I'm still figuring life out.  I'm 24, so really this should not be a shock, but it is.  Luckily my husband is an engineer, but I am not gainfully employed and the circle of job searches and rejections does take its toll.  After a year of not really worrying, I must say I'm concerned.  What if nothing actually turns out the way I want it to?  But here again the trip steps in and tells me that even if I'm not the most powerful bureaucrat in Washington (or whatever), that's not what should concern me.  We saw people in all kinds of different circumstances in all kinds of different countries, and it only confirmed for me that life is truly what you make of it.  So what will I make of my life?  The story is yet to be written. 

What I do know is that, even if I hampered my ability to maintain a competitive edge in this driven US workforce, I have had something that most will say they wish they had, but they never will.  I also know, because it happened this way every day for 388 days, that everything will turn out alright, one way or another, so just chill out.


March 2010
P.S. I did get a job, and I love it! Also, after returning home with a whopping $300 to our combined name, we were able to buy a charming house less than two years later. I told you everything would turn out alright. :)
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