My first blog post!

It’s 3:45 a.m. and I’m laying here in my bed googling the difference between hard shelled and soft shelled luggage. Looking at what types of zippers are hardest to break through and whether or not a suitcase should have 2 or 4 wheels. It’s crazy that there are so many options. I only have a little over a week before I’m on a plane heading to my staging event in philly. Peace Corps has been good to me throughout this whole process and now the time is winding down. I keep thinking about what I need to take with me, always nervous that I’ll forget something important as soon as my feet touch that red, hot African soil. Then I think, “they are living and have lived their whole lives without the things I think I’ll miss.” It’s all still just an idea that hasn’t yet been fully realized. I’m going to The Gambia in west Africa. I’ll be there 2 years. I will eat, sleep, dance, bathe and speak like a Gambian. I will make new friends and discover new family. If I do it right I’ll miss them just as much as I miss the family I’ll soon be leaving behind. I am grateful for all of the support and interest that my family and friends have shown me in these past few months. You guys make it really easy to love you. I’m starting this blog with the intention of sharing my experiences and new perspectives with those I love. A way to allow others to vicariously live these moments with me. I’m often asked why I chose to join the peace corps. I always seem to give the same rehearsed answer about how it’s something I’ve always wanted to do blah blah blah. Lol. To be honest, I realized awhile back that you only have so much time on this earth. I joined the peace corps because I want to LIVE my life to the fullest extent that I can. I want to be fulfilled in the work that I do. I want to learn about other cultures and new perspectives. I want to be a global citizen. I want to love my brothers and sisters that I share this earth with. I want to live a life that brings pride to all of those that love and look up to me. I want to take advantage of the little time that I have here because tomorrow is not something that can be guaranteed. If you have dreams or ideas that you are too afraid to pursue, I just want to take a little time to encourage you to follow them. You are unique and beautiful. A friend once told me that the graveyard is the wealthiest place on earth, filled with all sorts of ideas and inventions. Books that were never written and wisdom that was never spoken. My advice to you is to give this earth all you have and go to the grave with no regrets. So in short, that’s what I’m attempting to do.
I really appreciate you guys taking the time out to read my blog and hopefully you’ll be hearing from me again soon. Until next time…

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