Okay, it's hard living between two places and recently, I have felt the tension more severely than ever. While many of my team-mates are finishing up and heading home in the next 2 weeks, I still have a good solid 5 weeks left in China. I do NOT want to check out. I cannot afford to cut ties with people yet; it's too early. But at the same time, in my spirit, it's getting harder to be patient with cultural differences. To deal with this cultural and mental limbo, I have started to day dream a bit about what life might be like for me in the States. My day-dreaming has mostly taken the form of things and activities I miss doing in the States.
So, I have made a little list of some hobbies I hope to enjoy upon my return. Here they are:
1. Visiting parks, bars, and churches where free, live music is being performed. Music is for the soul, and this soul is weary.
2. Visiting soup kitchens...both as a volunteer and as a guest as I have no job yet and just enrolled in classes to finish my masters in TESL.
3. Swing dancing...I miss the thrill of swing dancing. Although I am rusty after nearly four years of no dancing, I am optimistic that I will pick it back up relatively quickly.
4. Bicycling. Little compares to the feeling of riding one's bicycle as fast as possible through the streets while listening to country music.
I cannot wait to enjoy some of these finer things of living in America. Am I too idealistic about these activities? Are they all really as excellent as I remember them being?