Missing the Familiar

Foreign Service Life
August 13, 2009


Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I know that 2000 pounds of my favorite things are arriving tomorrow morning.  Or maybe I’m just having my first hiccup.  But today, for some reason or another, I am longing for the familiar.  I’ve been stepping out and stretching myself in so many new directions that everyday things seem more new than familiar.  In fact, my brain hurts a little bit.  Whether it’s my new hobbies (photography, scuba) or my new clubs (AWCP, Toastmaster’s) or my new business pursuits (teleclasses, twitter, group coaching) or new cultural experiences or getting to a new place – everything is requiring massive amounts of energy.  And I am feeling quite drained!

To clarify, I’m not feeling bored or lonely.  Just overstimulated and a bit exhausted.  The day is over before it begins lately and I can’t seem to figure out what I did with all those hours.  And I’m not really sure how to remedy this problem.  It just doesn’t really make sense that I’m exhausted when I have a helper and I set my own hours and I have no children and very little is expected of me!  Hmmm…. it appears to be a problem of structuring and getting into some semblance of a routine.  Maybe that’s where I’ll focus for the time being.  It’s easy to fall into paralysis and do NOTHING when there are so many option on your plate.  A good problem to have, I know – just not sure how to deal with it.

To end this post, I’m going to make a tribute to the fabulous simple things I miss today – don’t take them for granted!  Here goes: Speed boats, cabins, 75 degree weather, campfires, s’mores, back to school shopping at Target, fall leaves, reasonable traffic, long walks in nature, St. Ben’s, hugs from long-time friends, family game nights, diet coke, Chef Boyardee, good ice cream and knowing how to get somewhere!

Make sure to check back tomorrow and see all the chaos as the first half of our stuff arrives!

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  1. Liz says:

    I love this post. Thanks for a little glimmer into this part of the experience. Everything has seemed so fabulous for you guys so far that I wondered why the rest of us didn’t pack up and join you! I’m reading this post of yours a few days late, as we just got back from camping and I’m catching up. Happy to see that you found your corn dogs. It really is the little things that make a big difference sometimes. Have a great day, Sarah!

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