Coming Home: One Year Later

09.May 2011

Coming Home

Looking Toward Home After A Year Away

I didn’t know how I would feel about coming home. I didn’t know how it would feel to be home for one week, or one month, or five months, or half a year, or even a year.

It’s now been a year since we returned to Canada.

I thought that I would be more nostalgic over the year; keep looking back and remembering where we were at a particular point. But I haven’t been, really.

I’m not a sentimentalist so I’m not entirely surprised by this, although I did think that a big event such as travelling around the world for a year might elicit a little more emotion.

Not that I haven’t been wistful. And I have felt plenty of envy and jealousy; sometimes unable to read other peoples stories or even look at my own pictures.

If wanderlust is an emotion then it is what has occupied my heart.

It’s been a good year.

I’ve always thought of coming home as part of the journey; it’s a part I looked forward to, and have enjoyed.

The trip has left a legacy with me; one of power, confidence and trust that permeates everything I do now.

I do nothing but look forward to the future. We have a goal in mind and a plan to make it happen that has already seen its’ first steps realized.

Life is good…go ahead, take your own OneGiantStep…you’ll see what I mean.

 

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15 Responses to “Coming Home: One Year Later”

  1. Asa Says:

    Excellent post! In just a few short paragraphs you exactly capture my sentiments about coming home. For me, it’s been a roller coaster of emotions, but nearly all positive. Viewing every aspect of life as an adventure is what makes life fun and livable. Thanks for your little post of inspiration this morning! I hope you’re settling into Calgary nicely.
    Asa recently posted..Family Filled Weekends

  2. Claire Says:

    I completely get it when you talk about envy and jealousy when it comes to reading other people’s stories. I once devoted a whole blog post to my love/hate relationship with other people’s travel blogs! Sometimes I just have to take a break from them because it’s too much to handle– I remember past trips and start wondering why I am not currently at that exact moment, on one. But the legacy of confidence you wrote about-that is a goldmine that will last you the rest of your life.
    Claire recently posted..A Sweet Summer Adventure

  3. Glenda Says:

    Great post. I think I told you , after I lost my job, I couldn’t read your blog sometimes. Interesting that you feel the same way. I think it’s great to always have the wanderlust, even though it hurts sometimes. I’ve decided that, to stave it off, I always need to be planning the next trip in my head, regardless of how far away it is.

    Hope you haven’t received any more snow. Happy Spring.
    Hugs,
    G
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  4. Kim Says:

    Wow, a year since coming home. I have to say that, although we haven’t left to travel yet, I do also look forward to the coming home part. Traveling is this thing I have to do. I have to “get it out of my system” but, also, the afterwards has its appeals too. Anyway, thanks Gillian for always giving me a glimpse of what might be to come for me.
    Kim recently posted..8 Months Until Our RTW!

  5. Amy Says:

    Gillian, it’s fitting for me to read this today, as I am only four days away from home after 13 and a half months away. We’ve experiencing really bad weather in Hawaii, thwarting much of our plans, so I feel like I’m treading water and waiting. I’m full of anticipation, because I don’t feel like my journey is over. Sure, the physical part is over, but the spiritual and mental part in some ways is just beginning.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about what it’s like one year after coming home again.

  6. megan Says:

    Great thoughtful post. I definitely know where you’re coming from. The first month or two after I got home I couldn’t look at my pictures or even bear to talk about my trip sometimes.

    And RTW travel really does bring power, confidence and trust – I’ve done things or been ok with certain things since coming home that I really would have struggled with 18 months ago, particularly when it comes to sudden change or unusual situations.
    megan recently posted..Getting drunk on the road to Kathmandu

  7. Leslie (Downtown Traveler) Says:

    Great post! We got back from our RTW in summer 2009… I can’t believe it’s been nearly 2 years. I’m glad your transition home has been a good one. You’ll always have the memories of the trip :)
    Leslie (Downtown Traveler) recently posted..Photo essay- Revolutionary street art in Cairo

  8. Ninfa Says:

    Nice one!

    I guess it’s not abnormal then that we have been home for a month, yet we have never looked at our pictures and have barely talked about being away for more than a year. Sometimes I feel like it never happened…

    It was the best experience of our lives and neither of us wanted to come home. So I guess we are in denial…

  9. Ayngelina Says:

    It sounds like you are handling it really well, I have heard that post-travel depression is common. I’m only coming home for the summer and I’m worried about the mix of emotions I’ll feel.
    Ayngelina recently posted..The Boca Experience

    • Gillian Says:

      I think post travel depression would definitely be settling in if we weren’t still planning on moving forward. We recently moved to a new city, have new jobs and will soon start planning our eventual expat move. It’s not the same-same for us as before our trip and I think that makes the difference.

    • Erica Says:

      I get post travel depression really badly – so bad that the last week of all my travels I do nothing but sit in dread knowing how awful I’ll feel when I get home.

      I can only imagine it after an epic trip.
      Erica recently posted..A Post For My Father – Templo Mayor- Mexico City

  10. Laurel Says:

    So glad to hear that your transition back home has been relatively easy. I think knowing it isn’t permanent makes it easier. When I moved back to Canada after living in Asia for 2 1/2 years it took me about 18 months for it start to feel like home and the reverse culture shock was much worse than the culture shock I experienced while living in S. Korea and Thailand. I also didn’t really have a plan which I think made matters worse.
    Laurel recently posted..6 Things I Learned From Getting Deported

  11. Dawn Says:

    Well said!

  12. Lisa @chickybus Says:

    I love this post. It gave me a little tingle somehow. I understand what you’re saying and I find it exciting on some level. You’ve been out there and now you’re back, but you’re anticipating what’s next and have a great plan in place. Awesome re: the empowerment and confidence!
    Lisa @chickybus recently posted..Hama- Syria’s Water Wheels- Wild- Weird and Wonderful

  13. Nomadic Chick Says:

    I love this post! It shows that you learned so much about yourself and what you want out of life that you are laser-focused on making it happen.

    I am frothing with excitement to see your plans come to fruition!