Today marks one year since MSG graduation, which has me thinking about this blog, or lack thereof lately. I’m a firm believer in the old adage “if you don’t have anything nice to say…” especially when it comes to blogging. Hence the silence on this small corner of the internet for the past few months.
Many Foreign Service bloggers have defined what they call “the highlight reel”, or the fact that what we choose to share publicly usually only features the highlights and perks of this lifestyle (of which there are many, don’t get me wrong). But when things sorta just suck, it’s best we keep those thoughts to ourselves (or at least off the internet), burying them instead with a stream of overly-filtered travel pictures.
Perhaps my favorite take on the highlight reel is the title of this post by masterful blogger Abu Halen: “How Instagram Cannot Accurately Convey How Sometimes My Overseas Lifestyle Blows.”
To be clear, being on the Marine Security Guard program by no means “blows” and in the big picture sense neither does our life in Tegucigalpa. While we’re far from getting what we wanted, I know we’ll always have what we need and then some. Being grateful for the many perks of this life also doesn’t mean you have to love every second of it. Sometimes you need to step back and wait until you have something nice to say again.