Over the 100 day mark

In these last few months, I have definitely had my ups and downs of getting used to living in a new country. Not only a new country, but a different culture and a completely different way of life. If I tell you that everything has been fine and dandy I’d definitely be lying. The culture shock has been real and many times I find that I’m asking myself, “is it seriously worth it?” My answer is absolutely yes. I have definitely cried more times than I can count, I’ve been so homesick to the point where I’ve been physically sick, I’ve had a hospital visit as well as a dentist visit (scariest moment of my time here so far), and I’m catcalled everywhere I go. Being the only “bule” in this area has definitely taken its toll on me, but I like it. When I think back to why I signed up for this adventure, I’m reminded that I did this so I can feel how my students feel coming through the doors of a new country, let alone a new school. It’s scary, it’s nerve-wracking, but it builds resilience. Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. Or in other words; Mental Toughness. My goal for this year was to build that mental toughness of mine. I will never talk about the negatives that have happened or will happen because in the end, all of these little pieces of life have helped me build on to my mental toughness and I am extremely thankful for that. 

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