I am really enjoying my time back “home” with family. While I haven’t truly lived in Atlanta consistently since graduating high school, it remains the place were I can unwind after adventures. It is also the place where I feel like I can reclaim my mental equilibrium with three simple things…
Friends & Family – They are of course, one in the same. While I love making new friends in Singapore, it’s always great to go back “where everyone knows your name.” Shared histories, inside jokes and the lack of airs makes being with friends and family a great time to let your hair down.
Fresh Air – This may sound strange—especially when you consider that it is always summer in Singapore and we walk everywhere, but I don’t really have many opportunities to relax in nature there. I think when I get back I am going to make a conscious effort to find a park where I can just sit in the grass and relax. (Note: This is of course once the haze has fully passed!)
Food – Like the fresh air, this one may seem counterintuitive. After all, Singapore is known for their fantastic food. And, while I agree that there are so many interesting and unique foods to try, I do have my concerns about the quality of the products. I am a bit of a food idealist (given my way, I like to eat whole, local and food allergen conscious), so it is tough to live in a country where EVERYTHING is imported. I have loved taking advantage of my mom’s farm box, as well as Whole Foods’ fantastic protein grading system. (Okay—and I may have indulged in a couple of naughty options as well!!!)
What things help you to find your mental equilibrium? Do you like to go back to your parents’/childhood home? Or are you a believer in “you can never go home again?”