My first day back in the US after Peace Corps, all I wanted to do was stay wrapped up in the warm blankets and hide from the rest of the world. Instead I said, "Fuck you world, re-integrating and reverse culture shock sucks but I'm gonna live life on my own terms."
I spent one week each in Amsterdam, Budapest, and Berlin after my Peace Corps Service with my best friends. Each city forced me to fast-forward part of the integration process into the developed world. I felt like I went through the stages of sadness and loss at leaving behind a large stage of my life. I also dealt with the worry that Peace Corps was my peak in life and that the rest of my life would be a search to re-create what I once had these past two years.
Now that I have had some time to reflect on life these past four days back in the United States, I realize just how much I have to look forward to living. There are so many adventures to be had and shared with both new and old friends.
Life called, and I have yet to go as far as it will let me.