With apologies to Al Green for expropriating his song titles for completely unrelated topics...
Two years ago today I arrived in Saudi Arabia - hung over, with no sleep and less luggage - for a year's tour that changed me in ways I'm still trying to understand. I am still a little shocked when I look back at my time there - it seems so long ago. So many things had gone wrong in my life at about that time, and when I was thrown into a situation like Riyadh, I didn't handle the isolation and the stress well. I came out of it a much stronger, more confident person, it's true, but I still have moments where I don't recognize the person I've become.
This is a series of thoughts I've tried to write many times. It's hard to explain what Riyadh was like for me without getting into drama and unnecessary details. Thirteen months after leaving Saudi, and three months after arriving here, I think I've finally found my new center - the new balance point of my life. I am happy.