Family, Part 2
What do you miss the most about being abroad?
Hmm, probably family, food, variety.
One of the greatest things about America is that there is no one thing that makes up American culture. Well, that’s what I think at least. Like in Korea, soju and kimchi are hallmark staples to the culture. In India, its no doubt the amazing varieties of dahls, breads, the ripe smells on the street, the rickshaws…well, with India, I can go on for days about the unique features of the country. I could list on about some of the other places I’ve been to, but I’ll restrain.
I think what I miss the most when I leave America is the variety and availability. Perhaps, we’ve compromised something by making everything available year round. I never really understood the true meaning of seasonal. Well, of course, what is seasonal in San Diego. Its not like I ever really experienced anything other than a warm Spring or super mild Summer my entire life.
There was a big 50th anniversary surprise party with relatives from my mom’s side. It’s hard to catch up with everyone in one evening, it can be a bit overwhelming. I felt like I was repeating myself a million times, not to mention, felt like I was only talking about myself. Which no doubt got me thinking, am I this selfish?
Talking with others about my life or theirs gives me a greater perspective. While most wouldn’t up and do what I’m doing (not that I know exactly what that is), they all voice their admiration for me doing what they have never or can’t do. There’s honestly that small element of me that somewhat wants some of their stability too.
Seeing them caused me to wish that I had a chance to be closer with all of them. This goes without saying, I know sometimes we think that if we lived closer to someone we’d see them more often. I also know the argument that people wish these things and then they never have or make the time. But, how do we make time for what is most important in life without neglecting other important things?
Either way, I will somehow make time to see my family again when I visit next time.