Entry #03 – Officially Flying Out!

Date/Time: 4/26/2019, 3:23pm
Location: Work Office


Trying to sneak in some writing in my down time at work.

Booked, confirmed and received my tickets for flying out to the mainland. Everyday it gets a bit more and more realistic.

The days are starting to close in and I’m anxious. Anxious to fly and anxious for what’s to come. A guess a mix of excitement and fear, but somehow it all seems to fly right by. It’s about a month away now, and with the amount of time that I still have on island, it feels more like a ticking time bomb to a mystery box.

I’m not really sure what to expect from this entire experience. The Peace Corps, as it stands, is an incredible organization. There is no doubt about that. However, every experience is highly individualized and it’s only when I’m there and doing the work that I will start to get an understanding of what kind of work I’m getting in to.

Preparations

Preparing for this has almost felt too easy. I’m a light traveler and don’t usually pack much to begin with. I know what I need to pack, and for the most part, I’m just packing clothes, my art supplies and some core essentials that I’ve been planning for months in advance. I’ve given this a lot of steady thought and I’m confident that whatever I forgot, or didn’t pack, is probably negligible to begin with.

All the worries of missing things and not being able to repalce whatever cables or something have been resolved now. Conference call after conference call with the Peace Corps has made transitioning a lot easier.

Open-Mind and an Empty Stomach

I eat a lot. No doubt 🙂

My friends and family would always shove their leftover food to me since they knew I had a big appetite. Standing only at about 5’5″, I think I eat a lot more than what I should, but I put it to good use, so no harm done right? As for my thirst for travel, ooh boy am I ready.

I have been looking forward to joining the Peace Corps since I have sent in my application. It wasn’t necessarily a dream, this is a reality that I put a lot of work in to making. It’s not some luck of the draw or anything like that, I wasn’t particularly lucky in any part of my step.

For anyone that is wanting to take the step and do something like this, travel the world, work on the big stage, or anything, it’s not about luck. Certainly, luck has its place in the world, but its favorable to those that actually try. I didn’t land this position just because of who I am, how I look, what I know, or even who I knew; it was because I wanted it.

See How it Feels

“…just say it out loud, just to see how it feels…”

One of my favorite songs from Kanye West’s recent album Ye is I Thought About Killing You. Ominous as it sounds, it was one of the more interesting monologues from him, and I really liked it for what it said.

When I first got my acceptance invitation, I tell you not, Uganda was a stretch. I was like: “…oh. Uganda?”

It wasn’t until I started to saying it to myself that I was going to Uganda that I was ready to take the position. This whole experience is transpiring to be one wild experience, and I can’t wait to see what’s to come.

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