So here are my final thoughts...
I don't have the best memory (my boyfriend can attest to that), but I will never ever forget this trip. I never want to forget how I felt on that car ride home... knowing that I have a home to come back to, only I now have all these amazing experiences and memories. Seriously, I know I will be a different (hopefully better) person because of this. This trip has given me such a unique perspective on this country that I've lived my whole life in, and never really experienced. It was a completely humbling and eye opening experience. And to have gotten to do it with someone who I love, only makes it all the more special.
It's so easy to get sucked into the big moments in life and not always in a good way. It's easy to say, I would be happy if I just had 'this,' but life is not about just the big moments. Life is about the little experiences that we have day to day and the choices that we make. It's easy to get sucked into all the negative (believe me, I do it a lot)... the real challenge to living is being grateful for everything that you do have and continuously growing and learning and striving to be better today than you were yesterday.
I am so blessed and so lucky to have had this experience and nothing (not even my horrible memory) will ever take it away from me. I *am* a different person than I was four weeks ago. Only time will tell what comes from this whole experience, but I absolutely wouldn't trade it for the world <3
It's been a long ride home, indeed... <3