Well, seeing as I’m back from India and relatively re-integrated into American life, I’m going to be focusing on other projects/pursuits and no longer updating this blog. Of course, all of the content/writing will remain up as a blogged history of my experiences before leaving for India and while I was there.
I sometimes ask myself a question when I think back at my experiences – would I have done this whole thing again, knowing now what I didn’t know then? Based on a lot of thinking and discussion, I think the answer would be yes. I feel that the whole experience helped me to become a stronger, more patient person. It opened my eyes to a culture I hadn’t totally understood before. I also met a lot of great people along the way that made things interesting. All of these positives definitely outweigh the temporary setbacks that we had to slog through along the way.
In conclusion, I leave you with a poem by Robert Frost entitled – “The Road Not Taken”
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.