This week, we go back to one of the earliest posts on the site, and take a look at what really got missed during the year and a half away from Australia.
I'm not going to sugar coat it. Milan is a struggle. The workload of six full time classes (where the average for a student here is 3 or 4), plus four hours of extra language instruction per week is really wearing everyone down. The side trips that we take to other cities or to cultural institutions are no longer just for the experience or for pleasure, they are for our sanity. We have to block time out of our day to try and ensure that we’re not burning ourselves out.
I personally fear that the stress is turning me into someone I don’t like, an irritable, domineering, and short-tempered person. Just surviving the next two weeks of classes with my sanity and friendships intact will be the highest priority. It’s only a month until we leave, and sadly, it can’t come soon enough. I’m looking forward to spending Christmas and New Year in Australia with friends and family, catching up and recuperating ahead of the final semester of study back in Dallas.
In anticipation of the return home, and in an attempt to stay positive and focused, I thought I would go back to the second post I wrote on the blog and revisit the list of things that I thought I’d miss on moving to the US and Italy.
In truth, it has been a surprise how few of the items on the list really provoked a sense of longing. Maybe it’s all the new experiences, or the substitutes that have been able to fit the bill (White Rock Lake in Dallas is no hikerun in the bushland, but it’s a very pleasant ride). And given the heavy workload for the last year and a half, there hasn’t been the time to miss things like TV and film, because there hasn’t been the time to watch TV and film to begin with.
Still, there’s a few things I definitely miss:
That’s a surprisingly short list. But there have been a couple of things that weren’t on the list that only after being away I have realised that I missed, and am looking forward to enjoying in a month:
Again, it's a surprisingly short list. And before you ask, of course I miss my family and friends, that’s a given.
Don't get me wrong, I don't regret the decision to have gone on this adventure. Even though it has been very tough at times, and at the moment things are not going the best, I know I am in a better position that where I was, and in six months time when I graduate, I'll be in an even better position. All I'm saying is that it’ll be good to be back in Australia soon, even if it's only for a short time.
Postscript: Regarding the last part of my original post… I still don’t miss Canbrrr, APS Culture, or Mooseheads in the slightest. If anything, I’m glad they’re out of my life. That’s a positive thought.
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