Change can be hard if you aren’t ready for it, but sometimes you have to accept it and look at the positives that change can bring. A new year brings new opportunities and a fresh start (whole bunch of cliches right off the bat 😉 ).
Coming home after being gone for 5 months has been a struggle for me. Going from 5 months of putting reality on the back burner to being home and starting to deal with those realities has been a little overwhelming (to say the least). Each day though, I slowly chip away at those responsibilities I need to take care of. Everything can be weird about being home right away… Being able to understand everyone in public, being able to read labels and signs, having so many options while shopping, not living on my own anymore, the food, getting around, seeing people I haven’t seen in a long time (the best part about being home), the worst part… not getting to see new beautiful places each weekend. But when I am struggling with all of these thoughts and adjustments, I remind myself how incredibly lucky I am for having the opportunity the travel the world and live in another country.
Being home, I have had a lot of changes in my life occur. With that, a lot of new adventures to come. Some easier than others but what would life be if all the adventures you have were easy. I finally have a clear path for my future career, I’m slowly looking into living with friends of mine, my health is 100%, I have a half marathon to look forward to this spring, I am taking the semester off (good and bad), and I’ve had a few people leave my life for different reasons which is never easy.
Just the other day my mom showed me this amazing bible verse and quote to go along with it… “‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world’- John 16:33 God never promised that life would be fair, He will take what’s meant for your harm and use it to your advantage. Nothing that’s happened to you is a surprise to God. He will give you the strength, the power and the grace to go through it.” This whole passage speaks so loud to my heart right now with all that life can throw at us. We may not be ready for the good or bad but God is doing this all for a reason. One minute I put all my trust into this passage, the next I doubt every word of it but I think thats okay. We’re aloud to have doubts but the more trust you put into God, the less you stray from His word.
I had planned to write a bunch of different blogs after coming home. One about adjusting back to life in the U.S., a little 2016 recap, and more… But this blog kind of touches on most of that. I’ve never been good with dealing with change but I think that 2017 will be the year of learning how to adjust when needed. Change is always happening and I need to learn to adapt, even if I’m not ready. So heres to a new year with a whole lot of new things to come…
“‘For I know the plans I have for you’, declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”- Jeremiah 29:11