Actually WAY before Christmas!!!!
Can you believe it??? I know I'm about to sound dramatic, but it seems like I have been here FOREVER.
Everybody is like hasn't these two years gone by so quickly, and I just look at them with a side eye and say s...u....r....e.....
No, but really, I guess now that the time is almost here and that I'm looking back over what I have accomplished, it has moved fairly quickly. (But while I was going through it there were times that forever seemed like an hour...seriously).
But as I wrap up my service and prepare to come home in the next couple of months, I am beyond proud of myself for what I have gone through and can still smile about.
This experience has been one of the most challenging, but rewarding experiences that I have ever endured thus far. It has changed me in ways that I didn't know needed to be changed, and impacted me in ways that I would have never guessed.
I have cried a lot, I have laughed even more, and most importantly I have lived...a life of humbleness, perseverance, dedication, forgiveness, grace...love.
If you would have asked me this time last year if I thought I would have made it the entire two years,
But now that I'm here and just have a couple of months left and know what I know now- if you were to ask me would I do it all over again, I would say: ABSOLUTELY.
In a heart beat. And I'm not just saying that because it's almost over now. I'm saying that because this experience- Peace Corps and living amongst another culture (who don't quite accept you) while trying to share with them who you are- if you travel through the course and make it to the end, it will influence and change you in ways you never thought possible.
I am a better person because of this particular journey, and I don't think it would have happened any other way.
Peace Corps is definitely not easy...by a long shot (unless you aren't doing what you're supposed to be doing)....but it's totally worth it.
I can say that for sure now because I'm at the end now. I am glad that I made it this far :)
And on that note, below is a picture of our Close of Service conference where we all gathered together and met one final time (to learn about life after Peace Corps) before we all begin to live in a little while. (And the other pics are just my family/girls at the orphanage who I teach and who simultaneously teach me so much more).
P.S. If you've been wanting to try something but haven't because you're skeptical, anxious, or scared, just go for it!
|COS conference- last time we meet as a group|
|My girls...they are the coolest peeps ever.|