No matter how we think we can do anything and live in several places at once, there are days when the world just gets too big. We miss people and our experiences in those places. Case in point – When I first moved to the U.S., I used to miss a doughnut store downtown St. Petersburg where they had pimply hot doughnuts, muddy coffee and a resident cat. Did I really miss the doughnuts (especially considering my new proximity to In-n-Out Burger?) Or was it more of missing the time in my life when no mountain seemed too high and things seemed easy and exciting? Either way, it made me want to get under the covers and stay there, preferably with a bottle of red.
Yeah, yeah, you hear all the time how you need to turn off the phone and immerse yourself in the reality around you. That’s true. To a point. But there’re days when the suitcase gets too heavy. Here’re some ideas about how to get back in the game:
– Stay connected – text, email, talk, skype – anything you need to do to hear that person’s voice. Sometimes a few minutes is all it takes. Just got through discussing ex-ballerina’s naked boobs with a friend on a different continent. Not that I usually check out boobs online with my morning coffee…
– Go shopping for the person you miss.
– Check out the live cams around the world – there are thousands and maybe there’s one exactly where you want to be right now.
– Pursue a joint project with the person you miss that require regular participation from both of you. I learnt to crochet on skype…
– Clean your house or the place you are staying. Take out the trash and wash the trash can.
– Cook/bake something for someone other than yourself and who is can physically come over. A neighbor, resident boyfriend, co-workers … Even better, throw a cooking party!