The text I sent to my parents letting them know I’d arrived at my host family’s house in Chía, Colombia, after a 19-hour travel day went something like this: “I’m exhausted but loving this opportunity!” They’ve received many similar messages throughout my first three days of living in Colombia — following my adventures in the country’s capital, after a lunch to celebrate the fifteenth birthdays of my host family’s relatives, upon returning from exploring a little mountain town, and even after window shopping in the busy mall.
And each time, it’s true; keeping my mind locked into my second language, constantly meeting new people, and adjusting to completely new surroundings is exhausting. But don’t let that sound like complaining, because each time, those feelings exist as a result of this amazing opportunity I have to improve my Spanish, foster new relationships, and expand my worldview. What I’m experiencing now is the best type of tired, the kind that assures me I’m pushing my limits and working to become a better student, friend, and citizen of the world.
So yes, I’ve been busy and fall asleep each night as soon as my head hits my pillow. But I’m also loving my life in Colombia and am looking forward to four more weeks of being the best type of tired!