Yesterday was full. Of people, of walking, of work, of laughter, of food. All of it. Yesterday I ran a leadership workshop with my friends Maryam and Pariesa. We struggled to get the students to understand that they have leadership potential even without status or power, but I think some students were receptive to that idea. We went to the supermarket after, returned to Pariesa’s house and had chicken tikka masala with rice and naan. Pariesa is the best cook, wow.
This morning, I woke up sick and had to miss the second day of the workshop which was focused on culture. I wish I could have gone, but I need to learn to listen to my body better when it’s telling me what I can and cannot handle. And I knew I needed rest, especially before my long trek home tomorrow. I am feeling a little better tonight and looking forward to a good night of rest.
Yesterday passed so quickly without skipping a beat, a moment of rest or reflection. I was so overwhelmed by meeting new people and seeing old friends that I couldn’t pull myself from it. I was soaking in the social interaction without hesitation.
As an introvert, I love being alone. And the isolation during Peace Corps has pushed me to fall in love with my life here and not run away from it. But there are times when I crave social interaction. I loved spending some time with my good friends Pariesa and Maryam, and meeting new people was definitely welcome. I haven’t met and hung out with new Americans in months. There’s definitely a sense of excitement yet comfort in meeting people from my country. We can enjoy the process of learning about each other while still sharing common ground from the start.