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Missing Asia

I cried today in Yoga class. Can I say anything more hippie-sounding than that? Only if I told you it was while waving my arms and summoning my inner animal spirit. Ok, that last part's a lie.

I lost it when I suddenly I felt like I was back in Asia. I was in a chilled out yellow room, the sunlight flowing in with framed pictures of yoga gurus adorned with flowers in one corner. We were doing these really intense breathing exercises where you breath in and out quickly in one second repeatedly and then hold your breath for 40-60 seconds after. It released something for me. Tears started uncontrollably rolling down my face. At least I didn't start wailing or something. 

I was teleported suddenly from Chicago to another continent where I learned that breathing technique in Korea, then to Bali to the studio I felt like I was back in, and then to Chiang Mai where I'd learned to really appreciate these breathing exercises.

yoga in Yoga Barn in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Before class at the Yoga Barn in Ubud, Bali.

The feelings overwhelmed me. Tears streamed down my face. "I miss Asia," I thought to myself. I found a tissue and took a few deep breaths to think.

At home, I recalled it all for Kyle, and I think it slightly panicked him. He's so happy having a home back in Chicago. As soon as I said it, I realized it's not the sort of missing that makes me want to book the next flight out. It's the sort of missing that makes me realize how much of my life was wrapped up in things I could access easily in Asia, and I haven't done it here.

Hopefully I can here.

I suppose I just have to approach it the right way. I need to keep the same zest and vigor seeking out interesting sights and sounds like I did traveling the world while I'm resettling back home in Chicago. But with Kyle working regularly and scheduling stuff weeks in advance to make it happen, how do I keep things interesting?
 
I suppose it's finding fresh food markets that I love, trying neighborhood walking tours, and museum visits.  Hopefully I'll get started on all that, after I write another cover letter.

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Any advice for keeping a "travel mindset" once resettled back home again? I'm all ears!!


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