This morning I walked into the eating area for brekky and was overwhelmed. There was so much food available and way too many choices spread out for my brain to comprehend. I ended up getting coffee, sitting down, and asking the people around me where they got their food. After letting some tears fall, I went to where one food item was, got it, and then sat down to eat it. I repeated this two other times so when I arrive back in the States, I will have interesting idiosyncrasies when things get overwhelming for me.
During the medical session today, one of the doctors was going through his experiences and talking about the process after experiencing an event such as the earthquake. Tears began falling once again. I have no idea what is going on with me, but that's ok. This is one of the reasons why we are all in Thailand before we go our various directions. Today has shown me I need to take a day at a time as well as each event at a time. It's been a little bit of reverse culture shock for many of us. Going from village life to a huge city - in many ways we are all still feeling like we are in village.
We are in a non-Nepali speaking country, yet quite often I am speaking Nepali to the hotel staff! I will probably be doing that in the States as well. Luckily, there have only been a couple times other volunteers have pointed it out to me - most of them don't say anything. Probably knowing that they do the same thing and it's ok. Many Nepali habits have been picked up and it's important that people around us just go with it as we go through adjustment.
Please continue your prayers for Nepal, my friends, and I. See you soon!