04.05.2013 - 05.05.2013 20 °C
As I gazed out over the snow capped mountains which hug the west coast of Canada I knew I was almost home. I hadn’t slept in two days and yet I didn’t feel tired. A slideshow of memorable moments from the last two years, both good and bad, raced through my mind taking precedence over my body’s cries for sleep.
I was having mixed feelings about returning home. I was grateful for all the things I had experienced in Asia but perhaps not ready to leave it behind. I was excited to see a family I had not seen in far too long but dreading the thought of returning to the real world. It was all very confusing.
As the plane taxied into the terminal I couldn’t help but wonder if there was some eager Japanese backpacker onboard just beginning his adventure in the west as I was concluding mine in the east. Instead of feeling nostalgic and confused he would be nervous and excited, full of expectations which would soon be thwarted and limits which would soon be tested. If there was such a person onboard, I envied him. I hoped to be in his shoes again one day soon.
I know my stay in Canada will not be long. For the time being, I am hooked on life abroad. If you have followed this blog, I don’t think it should be not hard to understand why. The sights are mind blowing, the culture intriguing and the people extraordinary. It challenged me in ways I never expected. It allowed me the opportunity to connect with some truly inspiring individuals. It altered my perspective on life and forced me to reconsider what is significant and meaningful. It broke me down both physically and mentally then rebuilt me.
It taught me so much about myself and what I am capable of. It taught me how to go slow and enjoy the journey as much as the destination, in life and in travel. It trained me in the art of patience and presence of mind. It showed me how to avoid quick judgements and expectations. Quite simply, the experience is something that has changed me for the better.
I guess every adventure has to come to an end sometime. We all must eventually return to reality. No journey can last forever. But now that this journey is over, the only question left is where to go next…