Monday, February 13, 2006

Wishful Beginnings

Today is Day 3 of my trip. I have not done much here so far except for reading and food shopping, and I am adjusting to not having 50,000 demands on me each day. Obviously this is not a way to live one's life; it is more like an extended vacation so I can get everything together. I still have pressing things to take care of - getting my passport, working on my Italian - but days seem to be filled with possibility rather than the certainty of spreading myself too thin and being perpetually stressed out.

I have decided not to begin working for the time being because I need to go home from around March 2nd or 3rd until the 13th, and I don't think it would be wise to begin a job for a couple of weeks and then skip out. I feel that I have time for that; I can work for two months when I return in March, and I will be working all summer. I don't want to begin committing myself to responsibilities simply because I feel better after two days here. I need to make the most of this time personally and really make it restful as well as productive, because once I jump back into internships and school, I won't be able to simply retreat from them again like I am doing now.

I did, however, find an organization (quite by accident) that is very similar to the one I volunteer for at home. I contacted them and will probably do some sporadic volunteer work there. I haven't done volunteer work in a long time; it is hard to find the time (sorry excuse, I know). So this will be very nice for me.


cheekynomad said...

im happy for you

A. Estella Sassypants said...

Glad you made it safely. Enjoy your rest, get centered, and have some mexican food! Without meat.