Saturday, September 21, 2013

Back in the U.S.

Two hours prior to landing, breakfast was served. Mom's congee had big chunks of FISH. Eva Air rocks! We landed around 4pm, and TJ picked us up. HI HONEY!

When we got home, I was so disoriented. I couldn't remember how to use certain features on my Android, or which light switch affected what. Mom wanted to go for a walk, and I was like, "Seriously?? Aren't you tired... ?" I really needed to sleep, but off we went.

The walk to the park was so routine that I thought I was going to go NUTS. Every day in Asia was a different adventure, with new people to meet and different things to do. It reminded me of my many years in Taipei where the sense of potential and opportunities abound. I felt perpetually inspired and free, free to be and do anything I wanted. Anything was possible.

Here, everything is exactly the same and feels so stagnant, and normal, and predictable, that even Mom made a comment. I've always known this. I've experienced it before. I knew why I moved to Taipei in 1995 and I knew what to expect when I moved back to the U.S. in 2003.

But still... it was depressing, my first day back.


I'm sure I will adjust at some point. I am reminded of something that Jim once said about how different our lives can be - that sometimes we crave the excitement that is Greater China, and sometimes, we crave the routine.

When we have too much of one, we want the other.

Such is life.

We had salad and trout for dinner. Then I went straight to bed.

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