This summer is shaping out to be a little different than I imagined it would be. I envisioned carefully calculated days, disciplined studiousness, and a whole lot of reverse culture shock. To be honest, I’m pretty amazed at how easily I’ve adjusted back to American life. All of the little habits I have spent the past year trying to unlearn came back instantly and naturally, just like riding a bike. I’ve also gone into full on summer mode (as you can probably tell by my recent posts). No work, no worries, no studying unless I feel like it (and I usually don’t). As much as I would love to have a nice bit of writing done or a few books checked off of my Goodreads list, I also want to cherish every moment I have this summer because the time I have with my friends and family here is so limited. I want to remind myself of who I was before I moved across eight time zones because some days it can be so hard to forget. I know it might seem like we are bouncing from vacation to vacation (not that we don’t travel a lot – we do and we are very fortunate to be able to do so!), but we spend SO much time working and I’m realizing now just how badly I needed a break from that.
So maybe my French and Turkish won’t improve leaps and bounds the way I had intended. Perhaps that Goodreads list will have to wait a little longer. I am perfectly happy to be spending this time doing whatever the hell I feel like doing because I know it won’t last forever.