Familiar yet Foreign

A random thought.

After I came back home from my over a month long solo backpacking trip in Japan, everything seemed familiar yet strangely foreign. It took me several days for me to really feel at home. Now that I’m going to Japan for at least a year, I wonder how everything around me would appear to be like when I return home.


4 thoughts on “Familiar yet Foreign

  1. Upon reading this I recall these words. “There and back again. -by Bilbo Baggins.” When you return, I think surely you will see many things in a new light. I feel very excited for you:)

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  2. Who said “you can never go home again?” (Answer: Thomas Wolfe, who actually titled his 1940 book: You Can’t Go Home Again)

    Not literally, of course, but you will never be the same. Home will never be quite so simply accepted. It’s a great benefit of leaving, but also a little bit melancholy, at least, in my experience.

    I don’t regret going forth into the world. I still find my Home (where I come from, not where I live) to be the best place–MY best place. Yet, when I return, I don’t fit so exactly as I did when I was young. I am changed.

    I don’t think that’s a bad thing. You can’t grow if you don’t change.

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