Hannah, outbound to Lithuania

1 month left. This is not a drill, it's the real thing. Am I ready to go back to Florida? I don't know. I will be uprooting my whole life here in Lithuania to go back. I have so many questions running through my head. What if the people back home don't like the new me? How am I going to deal with that much sunshine again? ARE MY DOGS GOING TO REMEMBER ME?! This is the final chapter in my exchange year and I don't want it to end.

When you are preparing to go on exchange, you think the date for departure couldn't come any slower. Then you come and you start a whole new life. You change, you evolve into this person you never thought you could be. You become friends with strangers, you learn the hardest language ever, and you start to feel normal again. 1 month goes by, then 3, then 6 and then you are looking at your calendar and it says May 30th... 1 month left... You start panic because you realize that you only have 31 days until you leave this life you have worked so hard to build. But then you talk to your Person and you realize you aren't alone. Someone in the Czech Republic is going through the same emotions and events you are. And then you start to think about who you get to see when you go home. Like your brother who you haven't seen in over 2 years. Or your sister who is genuinely your best friend. Or your mom who you haven't gone grocery shopping with in over 10 months. Or your dad who you haven't seen a football game with all season.

You start to feel anxious and excited to go home. But there is always that thing in the back of your mind saying to you that you don't want to leave. The mixture of emotions is confusing and hard to deal with but at the end of the day, you know you can handle it because the people back home will always love you, there is never enough sunshine, and your dogs will never forget you. And the people you leave behind in your host country will always be there for you no matter how far away they are.

So what am I going to do with these last days here in Lithuania? I'm going to go spend it with the people that helped make me into the person I am today and enjoy every minute in this country I can call my home. 🇱🇹❤️

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