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Side Effects of Living Abroad: M’s Insights

What were you grateful for this week? Women. 

What was the most difficult or challenging part of this week? My mental breakdown on Thursday. 

Tell us about a "wow" moment you had this week. Adapting to drastic changes in schedules. 

Tell us about your week! So most of the time, when you think of traveling, you don't think about the things that might happen while you're away. You don't think about the way that it will change you, or the way that your relationships might change with people that are still at home, etc. And we don't think about the people that may leave this world before they are meant to. 

Last week a boy that I knew a very long time ago, died. He was too young and his passing was not in a way that made anyone feel at peace with how it happened. I was not close to him, and it had been years since I had seen him or thought about him. But he was VERY close to someone that I care about dearly, and she is struggling. Over the years, I have had to learn how to be there for people that are far away from you. And I will admit that I am not always good at it. And that I have failed to be there for people sometimes when they need me, but that is not because I haven't tried nor is it because I don't care. In order to make this work, you have to find a way to make people that you care about a priority. 

Especially in times like this. I found myself brokenhearted over her loss, and the loss of people that I know cared about him very much. There is only so much that one person can do, and A LOT of work goes into trying to be ENOUGH of a support system for those that need you when you're no where near them. 

I am sending out all of my love to those deeply effected by the death of John Doe.* It isn't fair when we are taken from this life before we have had a chance to truly live it.  

*Name changed for privacy reasons. 

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