|life is reckless, wonderful, and lovely
||[Sep. 24th, 2006|10:18 am]
Last night I sat around the table with the unfamiliar and the familiar. I think that my experience here, however long, will be important here for many reasons. Its hard for me to think that I have been here almost a month and the continual transitions that I make affect me.
DC is an interesting place. To I love it? No. Do I hate it? No. Do I think that I have a tremendous amount to learn here? yes. I like my job a good amount. I love my boss. I'm working in the public policy sector of National Minority AIDS council. I'm an assistant, but am expected to be lobbying for abstinence policy in the next session. I'm expected to get student group initiatives started. I'm expected to do a lot, and most importantly learn a lot. My boss is rare in the fact that he has already used my language, given it to a Senator, and that senator put it in a bill. Thats although trivial, significant to me.
I move into my new apartment next weekend. It will be exciting. I'm ready to have my own bed and room again. I'm a little sick of living out of suitcases, although I must say its been fun living with my sister for the past month. I'll be living with an old high school friend, Saujan. That should provide to be entertaining I think. Its weird for me not to live with Andrew. I miss him a lot, but I also miss my old life a lot. This transitional period in life is just weird. I feel so connected to my life in Chicago, but feel quite challenged by what is in front of me.
I miss the feel of Chicago, the lake, the architecture, my apartment, my running path, my bike, HALO, and above all else, my friends. Just the way we were last year. All of them are dispersed throughout the country, and world for that matter. It just goes to show that life is nothing but a continual spectrum of moments, some fabulous, others not so fabulous; but what is important is that you live and love each one of them.
This place although quite foreign is challenging for me. Its not that easy for me to be here since it is not the culture nor environment that is tuned to me. I think its exciting. I am starting to meet some people, so that enhances my life a lot here already. I'm thankful that my sister is here, although quite busy with law school, she is a well of support for me. Then of course there is Steph. I always knew we'd end up in the same place. Its a great thing we are not living together, or else we'd kill each other. I love her like family, but she's too anal about things to live with her. She'd respond in the same way about me. I'm going to start volunteering at a conservation site, that will help me get out of the city and into some green. In the winter I will take an economics class and start learning Italian. I'm going to train for the Chicago Marathon next year.
Travel will continue. I'm going out to visit Jaione with Jose soon. Steph and I are going to ny to visit Shital. I think I'll probably be back in Chicago by early November. I think my parents are coming up for Thanksgiving, which is really exciting. I miss both of them a lot. My mom is doing amazingly; she drives, volunteers 4 days a week, is taking classes at San Jac, and doing yoga. Although she is lonely, I'm quite proud and continually surprised what she can do and how far she has come. My father tests me as always, but I have found to rethink our relationship and try my best to understand him and why he is the way he is. I give him credit where deserved and have been really working on trying not to be soo hard on him. My anger towards him has dissipated. I might be going to Ecuador for Christmas. I am feel mixed about going there. I do want to go, however, could stand to pass Christmas with friends in Chicago, or invite them out here. I have less of a break (10 days), so to fly out of the country for that amount, just seems a little absurd. I also don't want want to use my vacation days because I am fairly certain that I will be going to Kenya next summer to visit Andrew.
Grad school opportunities are exciting. I know what I want to study and thats tremendous. It will most likely be west coast. But then again, Columbia does look tempting. Thats at least two years off though. Will probably take GRE's in the spring sometime.
Ok, well I think thats about it. Life right now is good. challenging. exciting.