There's such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I'm such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn't be half so interesting.
(from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery)
Life is like a river: tranquil times often follow a trek through rapids, with the next bubbling adventure just around the bend. In one of these calmer moments, I look at where I am now, and I'm amazed.
Growing up, I vowed never to leave my hometown and I held fast to my own Neverland fantasy that no one in my family would ever move away, that there would always be twenty-plus people around to help you celebrate your birthday, or to gather on a random weekend to play cards. Years later, I am the first to leave, moving one thousand miles away to Boston. I miss the random weekend card games, but I'm happy here.
My 5 year college reunion is in 3 weeks, and I've spent a lot of time thinking about the relationships I have that are now long-distance, and the ones I'm building here. I wonder if I'm confident enough now to rekindle the friendships I've let fade away, and to keep them going once the weekend has ended.
Amar and I have been married for almost two years, and I love that we're still able to grow together, thinking about who we are, what we want, and what we're planning next. I've been eagerly creating a home here, and just as eagerly fighting against feeling like a housewife stereotype when I do too many loads of laundry in a weekend.
I'm nearing the end of my first year teaching at AB! Most days I try to reconcile my role as a "New to AB" teacher with the fact that I'm actually 4 years into this career. The students are wonderful, the department a wonderful community to be a part of, and the commute (though a bit far) is part retreat, winding through Walden Pond if I take the back roads.
I'm continuing to learn a lot about who I am and who I want to be in this world, and I started this blog with a post explaining the title, How to Wear a Sari, and the hope that I'll be brave enough to share it with others as I keep track of what is happening in my life! Hopefully it will be a curation of all the things I am learning to do and be with each passing week. My mom told me just yesterday that she was inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt's quote, "Do one thing every day that scares you." I'd say that this counts!