It's official: The adventure is over. Tonight marks the eve of my return to the real world. The last 14 months have been nothing short of incredible -- so many amazing adventures and experiences it's hard to believe it was only that long.
I feel like I'm returning an improved person. This last year has provided me with a lot of insight and perspective and I can truly say I've grown during that time. Backpacking across Europe taught me the value of minimizing and distilling down what is really needed to be happy. Living away from Southern California reiterated the value of friends and family and how it's easy to take the time spent with those who are close and are readily accessible, for granted. Not being able to play with the ice hockey team or see the guys for the weekly poker game helped me to appreciate all of the social activities that filled my time and the camaraderie created within. And, finally, not being able to find a decent carne asada burrito in what some argue to be the world's greatest city, somehow leads me to believe that I belong in the World's Finest City.
So, I'm back. Del Mar is where I'm calling home until my place opens up again in July and then I'll be moving back in there. The new job starts tomorrow so I'm dealing with the seemingly foreign concept of a routine -- something that I never thought I'd say I'm looking forward to. While the fast, erratic pace of the last year was exciting, stability sounds very welcoming, at the moment.
Would I do it all again? Without a moment's hesitation. I think 2020's looking good for the next go-round...