By Veda Rodewald

24th June 2018, I moved back to Mumbai after spending a year in a small town in Germany. I had already prepared myself for the changes in my newly formed lifestyle but little did I know, those changes were going to be larger than anyone had anticipated. As we landed at the airport, feelings of joy and excitement filled my body. Walking towards the exit I suddenly felt a gush of what I thought was butterflies in my stomach but looking back, I no longer can put my finger on what that feeling was.

On the car drive home, while I was stuffed at the back of the car with five large suitcases all I could do is look around. As the city lights turned to stars which fled the dark sky making the “city that never sleeps” also a calm and silent. The only sound to be heard was the ocean waves crashing against the rocks, making the world sea face look magical.

As weeks to months and monsoon turned into the boiling October heat, that made me realise that change isn’t such bad thing. Initially, things, like not having my own room or being able to walk on the road or being able to go explore parts of the forest on my own, was a little disappointing, but gradually starting school and having a new social circle changed my thinking completely. The fun nights with my brother made me relive the fun and joy of sharing a room. Long talks with my mother and brother made me relive the joy of being stuck in traffic, jamming out to Bollywood music, while having deep conversations about teenage drama.

Ultimately this entire journey of ups and downs has only made me realise that it doesn’t matter where you are or where you go, as long as you are surrounded by love and positivity small compromises shouldn’t bother you. Make compromises that make all the involved parties happy. As soon as you have that down, trust me, no change will seem too big to make; no challenge will seem too hard to overcome. All you need to do is make sure you and your loved ones are cherishing the togetherness, and change will only seem like any other small aspect of life. As soon as I overcame all my anticipations, I felt more at home, than ever before!