How to start

As with most blog posts I write, I’m never quite sure how to start.  That’s also how I’ve felt about living in Delhi this past month.  I wasn’t quite sure where to start, but now that I’ve started…I’m not even sure how to put it all into words.

Life here is incredible.  It’s crazy and busy and new and difficult, but when it’s all said and done, it’s incredible.  There are so many things I’ve done or seen or been a part of this past month that I never thought would happen in the first month.  I’ve settled quite nicely into work, perhaps even too nicely (if there is such a thing). I already feel like I’ve been working there for months, with work coming in and somehow I now have this feeling of confidence in the work I’m doing and the decisions I’m making, as though I’ve been working there for more than a few weeks.  And on top of that, I already feel extremely connected to all of my co-workers.  I wouldn’t say we are all best friends yet, but…we aren’t so far from it either.  I really love all of their company, their kindness, and their ability to make me feel at home, half a world away.  Additionally, one of the perks of having an office like mine (bustling and busy) is that I’m never bored.  In fact, I work a ton.  But, I love what I’m doing, and the new challenges I’ve faced, and finding out that I do have the ability to manage (or if not, to figure out how to manage).

On top of a happy and busy work and social life, my personal growth has sky-rocked recently.  I’ve started Hindi lessons now, and although I haven’t learned all that much from the actual lessons, I took the little bit I knew, combined it with the little bit I’ve learned, and BAM: I now have some small phrases under my belt!  For instance, when I came home tonight, I could easily tell my auto driver that I wanted to go to the round-about (in Hindi) and when we got there and I needed change, I asked if he had some.  He asked me how much, and I told him…all in Hindi.  I know it doesn’t sound like much, but I’d say it’s quite an accomplishment right now.  Additionally, given the work that Pravah does (with an emphasis on self-reflection and growth even when being in the field of development of others) I was bound to feel some changes within.  I had no idea however, that I would already be feeling them.  Since I’ve arrived Pravah hasn’t had any big events going on that I’ve taken part in.  But this past week, there was a cluster meeting for one of the programs that my team in Pravah runs, and just being in the room and hearing the honesty and growth and sharing of the participants, I felt energized.  I even felt compelled to look in my own life and ask some questions that I’d probably really like to avoid.  It’s funny how hearing someone else take a leap of faith to do something hard makes you feel almost like why haven’t I already done that in my own life?

Perhaps it’s partly due to the honeymoon phase, but I’m actually really in love with life here, and being here, and everything about it (well most everything).  There are still frustrations to deal with on a daily basis, but in general, I couldn’t be happier right now.  All of this good energy created here actually has got me thinking about the bigger picture in my own life.  It’s a long way off, but eventually the time will come for me to leave this incredible place.  But for now, I am just going to enjoy the company of these amazing people, in this incredible (but difficult) place, and take in and give back as much as I can.

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