I’m in DC at the moment, and I’ve been getting to know the people I’ll be traveling with. The ones I’ve talked to thus far have been friendly, and all come from very different backgrounds and points of view (though of course, there are a lot of things in common among us and a surprising number of us are connected via friends). Though the first while is always awkward, I’m looking forward to learning more about said opinions.
One question that came up a *lot* yesterday was “What’s the plan for this weekend?” We won’t actually be leaving the States for another couple of days, and everyone is anxious to know what the wait is for. Scheduling and communication were both a bit vague yesterday, as everyone was arriving at different times and from different places. I think a lot of times, fear and anxiety are exacerbated by uncertainty. I know every time I start worrying about this trip, it’s essentially because I’m not sure what I’ll be doing at any given time, which freaks me out even though I’m not really a control freak. We’ve gone over general daily schedules and homestay life a little bit though, which is comforting because it provides a sort of anchor in the midst of fear about faulty communication and culture shock.
I also think that that applies to the idea of my Plan B as a whole, and to many humans in a general sense. I haven’t worked out the details of my life for the next year or so, yet most people my age are expected to know their general routine. From what I’m getting, most people need something stable to distract themselves from the fact that life is unpredictable by nature.
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