Saturday, December 22: Today, I tendered my 6-month resignation to the University of Nizwa. My last day of work here will be on Wednesday, June 26, 2013.
The reasons I am leaving are numerous. Basically, the main reason is that I’m homesick. I miss my family and friends and my home in America. I want to be close to my children. I want to work on my marriage, and I can’t do that living abroad. I miss the work environment I had in the community college in Virginia. I miss feeling connected to my people back home.
Finally, it is simply time to move on to a new phase in my life. I have been thinking a lot about what I want to accomplish next. I am thinking seriously, as I always do, about my resolutions for the New Year of 2013. Thirteen has always been a lucky number for me, so I have high hopes for the new year.
Stay tuned for my post on New Year’s Day, where I will spell out in great detail, as I always do, my New Year’s resolutions. (Maybe too much detail for my readers!!) I always take this process seriously. As I remember someone saying once, you have to create the life you intend. Or something along those lines. Nothing will happen unless I make it happen. A little luck thrown in is always a good thing as well!
I will miss a lot about Oman. I love the country and I’ve explored many hidden places that even Omanis don’t take the time to explore. I will continue to do this over the next 6 months.
I get a new vocabulary word in my email inbox every day from Dictionary.dom. The word I received today is this:
decathect \dee-kuh-THEKT\, verb: To withdraw one’s feelings of attachment from (a person, idea, or object), as in anticipation of a future loss.
This word applies to what I will have to do when I leave Oman and the amazing people I have met here.
I’ve learned a lot while I’ve been here. I’ve learned something about who I am. I’ve learned to enjoy my solitude. I love the sense of adventure that has grown in me. I’ve learned to be independent. I’ve learned about the kind of people I like to seek out and spend time with. I’ve learned what feels good about a work environment, and what doesn’t. I’ve learned more about what I am seeking.
When I leave Oman, I will write a final reflection piece about what I’ve learned about myself and about coping in a foreign land. Until then, I hope you’ll continue to join me for the final leg of my journey in Oman.
“There is always a gap between intention and action..”
― Paulo Coelho