As always, you offer me a different perspective and this is why I enjoy your responses. This a great point. When I don’t know what to do with myself I automatically have my go to’s that are my savor, either a pencil and a sketchbook or a book to read. I have no doubt there are many who struggle to know what else to do.

And yes, aspire to something other than comparisons with others. So true. When we moved I think that was the most prominent effect of culture shock. What I saw in other is not what I am but I kept my eyes and my mind open and have adjusted to a way of life I now love.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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