Saturday, October 10, 2009

Crossing Over


Whether you want to or not, you find your surroundings before Peace Corps begin to swallow you up, to redefine who you now are. The activities you remembered while in Samoa are now the activities you do do. What you left, now are what you find routine; you never left them at all. Your tan fades. Your shorts and t-shirts replaced by jeans and jackets. Instead of watching sunrises and hearing the oinking of pigs, you sit before TV's endless stream of car/beer/fastfood commercials interrupted by ballgames as the sounds of the city provide the white noise. There is a mental disconnect between what you are and what you just were. It is finding new meaning in familiar places that makes this readjustment process so difficult.

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