maybe you've felt this way before. you leave the country or just get out of your comfort zone for several weeks... at least a month... and you return unable to articulate how you are and what you've seen and experienced. it's a frustrating feeling. i've had it several times before.
but i'm surprised to find that's how i feel now too. i was gone just less than a month, and only 1.5 weeks of that was spent out of the country. the other two weeks were in sleepy-town, indiana. nothing that uncomfortable, right? i didn't have to learn a new language. i hardly used the public transportation systems. i didn't eat any outrageous food.
and yet i've grown a lot the past month. growing is good, but it makes the return a little awkward. in australia, i had some much needed down-time to process and feel. that was good. in indiana, i made several new close friends and strengthened a few older relationships. now i'm finding that in some ways, those friends know me better than my friends at home. at least parts of me... the parts that grew while i was away.
and it's not like i want to sit my friends down and say, "okay, this is what's changed about me." i just want to be. and i can be. i mean, friends do grow and change and that's all fine and good.
anyway, it just took me by surprise.
the pictures above are of the yfc world outreach crew (missionaries and staffers too), acting crazy as usual... and the girls of our crew, who are so super cool.