Preparing to Leave

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of preparation, goodbyes, planning, and tying up loose ends before leaving. I’ve felt as if time is racing me to August 31st, the day I fly out, and I’m struggling to keep up. Not that I have anything to complain about. I have been humbled by the thoughtfulness and well wishes of my friends and family and have enjoyed every second of my time. There’s nothing like leaving for a couple of years to make you appreciate how good you have it at home. 🙂 Here are a couple of pictures from going away gatherings.

I’m getting excited to begin training, but my mind strains to see what’s on the other side of this plane flight. It’s like trying to get hold of something important in a dream; weightless and elusive. My time line dissolves into a jumble of heat, bugs, new people, Spanish, and schools as I think about September 5th and beyond. It’s a thrilling and difficult sensation, to be speeding toward the unknown. I do feel like I have control of how I will react to all of the challenges, and that’s comforting, but not knowing what they are yet makes me nervous.

The things I hope and anticipate will happen include: Learning a great deal each day, mastering the Spanish language, making genuine connections with new people, finding ways to be constructive with my energy and skills, discovering where I want to continue nudging my life, and opening my eyes to a side of life and this world that I can only grasp by living it.

The next post I write may well be from Granada, where I will be spending the first three days of my 11 weeks of Pre-Service Training (PST) in Nicaragua. 🙂

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One response to this post.

  1. Well once I get the tears out of my eyes I will try to write something but you have said it all. Your goals are so touching, simple and profound. You have a way of describing your feelings and your purpose that I can so relate to. I know you will seize this next journey as you have all the ones before and that is to seek, explore, grow, connect and share. You are truly amazing.
    May all your travels be as amazing as you are and hold you safely enough but not so safely that you miss the opportunities that seem to come most with struggle and challenge. Know you are loved profoundly and always have roots to come back to and support your jumping off again and again.

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