Re-assimilation into the West

Trip Start Feb 25, 2010
Trip End Jan 01, 2011

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Evans couch
Davids couch
Julia's Floor
Amanda's floor
Hidden Valley Camp Grounds, Joshua Tree
Wonderland of Rocks, Joshua Tree
Will's couch
My car
Stephanie's couch

Flag of United States  , California
Saturday, January 8, 2011

Returning to the Western world was not easy, it provoked an awakening, a realization on the wasteful nature of our society, the egocentric thinking, and general disregard with a lazy facade of caring. The culture shock was severe, getting thrown back into a culture that idolizes wealth, success, cars, and material pursuits was depressing and created strong feelings of nostalgia for where I had just come from. I came back to a society that stared at me strangely for rejecting the corporate race and the make money/spend money mentality. As much as I put my foot down, and attempted to remain stalwart to my philosophies, my efforts appeared to be futile. It was simply impossible to live the life I was living and participate as a member of society in the culture I was coming back to without making sacrifices and compromises. My ideologies, the center-point of my being, began to slowly fade, and I saw myself, slowly but surely, going right back to where I left off. In two short months, my adventure went from my life, to a recent memory, to a distant past, and before long, I had to pick up my journal just to remind myself that it was real. What scared me the most was the longing for the stability that I grew up with, and a reliable routine that I nearly sold my soul to. The longer I spent in this country, the smaller my window of opportunity became. I found it very hard to incorporate my lifestyle in the East to that of the States and quickly began to lose myself.                
                    I did enjoy my time here however. If there was anything I had learned and retained from my adventures, it is that there is nothing in the world that is more important than family and friends and that there is very little difference between the two. I spent as much time as I could with my family and my friends all through-out California. I spent a week climbing and hiking in Joshua Tree. Jtree was nothing short of amazing. Miles and miles of vast nothingness as far as the eye could see, yet cradled within the endless void was an eco system teeming with life. It was truly a wonderland of rocks. I spent two days there climbing with some of my friends that I had met from Thailand, and then three days hiking and camping out in the wilderness on my own. It was a lot of fun, albeit a bit cold and dark. After Jtree, I drove to Las Vegas where I met up with the same friends to climb in Red Rock Canyon.
                     My time in the States is quickly drawing to a close. I was in Miami for Christmas with my Grandfather, a man I truly respect and look up to. I am currently visiting my parents, and making the final preparations for my big move to El Potrero Chico. The climbers paradise of Mexico, where I will spend several months either in a tent, or 3,000 feet high on a rock. After El Potrero Chico, I will be traveling into Central America.

This concludes the South East Asia Chapter of my adventure, and so begins Chapter 2, Latin America.
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Terry on

Your writing is so beautiful, it truly makes me feel like I am on the adventure with you. I hope your experiences in Mexico are wonderful and look forward to those tales as well. I am sorry that our paths did not cross. Can your "aunt" T say....I am so proud of you. Love you.

Dave on

Going thu the same thing right now so totally agree. Granted US society/culture has done some great things, like medicine, ppl just need to understand moderation in their materialism

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