It was unbelievably strange to wake up this morning and think that the next time I’ll sleep in a bed will be in India. Somehow, despite the months (one could even say years) of anticipation, it’s hard to believe this day has really come. At one point yesterday, I realized that I had about as many hours left in New Mexico as I will spend in transit, assuming all goes well. I find myself simultaneously trying to finish packing, enjoy my last breakfast burrito, and say goodbyes.
As this chapter of my life comes to end, I am overwhelmed with a confusing mix of emotions- sorrow, excitement, nervousness- underscored by a deep sense of surreality. Most of all, though, I am filled with gratitude. Goodbyes have been bittersweet because it’s only now, as I’m getting ready to leave, that I’m becoming more fully aware of just how blessed I’ve been. I’ve been surrounded by so many wonderful people-friends, family, teachers, mentors, and a number who cross categories-who have challenged me and supported me all along the way. Thank you for being a part of my life so far! And know that this is not the end. As cliché as it may sound, I hope this is less of a true goodbye and more of a see-you-later.
So, as my tia used to say, Hasta Luego!