“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” Pat Conroy
Today, I have been home from Asia for a month. Yet, I still find myself missing it on a daily basis, which means for me, that I will probably always feel this way.
I guess in thinking about it, I felt this way about New Zealand and Fiji after visiting last summer. I spent time there learning about the people and the language. I felt like I really understood each country and fell in love almost immediately. I guess, for me, the countries I visit, along with the people, cultures, and traditions, lock themselves inside me and refuse to let go.
Although, I do find things a little different this time. I don’t find myself constantly wanting to talk about my trip. Instead, I find myself longing to be there. Everything about Thailand and Vietnam has crawled inside my being and made itself a part of me. Both countries will forever be with me, all while I long to be there instead of here. I honestly miss Southeast Asia every day.
Which is why I’ve also come to the conclusion that while I would one day love to do an around-the-world trip, I’m afraid of missing the places I visit too much. And then after, how do you acclimate back into a “normal” life? Can it be normal again after traveling for months? Would you even want a normal life again? But, even in saying that I don’t think I’d be able to do it, I, of course, find myself longing to do it even more. I guess we’ll see what the future brings.
Either way, I will find a way to cope with missing SE Asia, since a journey should stay with you long after you return home.
“I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.” Lillian Smith