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My Animals
My Animals

The dog is still performing heriocally on three legs with cancer.  It’s been more than a month now and all pain medication has ceased. He is glowing, youthful and full of energy.   I am aware that there is little to no chance that the cancer hasn’t metasized into other parts of the body, but I’m hoping it’s camping out in a far off node in his body and plans to stay still.  This does, however, have me on high alert to any signs of it spreading.   I think any of his reactions are signs of the cancer.   His head has been cocked to the side a lot recently, and of course I thought the cancer got there too.  Rather, he just had a tick in his ear.  I need to take a relaxative.

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Animals calm you. They give you something to do when you’re bored. They take on the reaction that you want them to. If you’re happy, then so are they. If you’re pensive then they oddly look like that too. My best friends, my partner, my family, we are all animal people. Animal lovers attract other animal lovers.

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I went to Uni in the states, but right after moved abroad to Guam for a year, and then Japan for five years.   Along the way I’ve met brilliant expat friends that made me realize how affordable and valuable education outside of the US can be.  For the first time since University, six years later, I’m back in The States and am coming to the reflections and conclusions about life here.

I miss the pace of life that I made for myself abroad. The friendliness of really going out of your way to meet new people and getting a warm reception because they are also out of their comfort zone.  I miss finding something new to discover every weekend. I miss passionate discussions about similar cultural experiences–people don’t seem to have much time for those here.

I miss being around people who know what it’s like to choose to create a different life for themselves. I often I meet someone here who, upon hearing that I just got back from living abroad for six years, will launch into a dreamy fog about how they wished that they had done something like that.  Those can be interesting conversations, but it gets old.  I  prefer the ones about the adventures of actually DOING it!

I just don’t know what to do with myself back in America.  My spirit says “go go find your next adventure,” but I am trying to be open-minded and make a success out of life here.  Problem is I fell deeply in love with a hometown boy, who quit his job in NYC to move out with me in Japan, and then brought us back on a more permanent basis to the states to the hometown we grew up in…  We are newlyweds madly in love but finding it hard to compromise on what kind of environment we want to live our lives in.  He loves being near his parents and loves our hometown.  I love the adventure, cultural experiences and different perspectives you get living around world.  So just a shout out that I admire those couples out there who seem to be on the same page about how they want their lives to turn out.  Especially those living in a global mindset.

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