Calm Before the Storm

I will be en route to Africa three days from this very moment. What was I thinking!? I signed up for this trip 6 months ago or so, and really didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I have zero experience with cameras, zero experience interviewing, and zero experience being away from my blow dryer and hair straightener. As I try to rewind 6 months, I can vaguely recollect why I thought this would be a good idea.

I have always desired to travel around the world, however, I assumed that I would go to Europe or Asia as an adult. When I saw a flyer on my lunch break last November, I was intrigued. I thought, if I don’t look into this opportunity, will I ever get another chance to visit a country in Africa or any other developing country? I knew I had to go.

I spent the last few months being excited to meet and interact with people who live completely different lives than me. I know this trip will change my outlook on life for the better and will stick with me for the rest of my life. Now that I leave the United States in only a few days, I’m totally consumed with thoughts of lists, concerns, and fears. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am moderately unorganized and am completely capable of meltdowns if things don’t go correctly. The “MemoPad” application on my BlackBerry has become my best friend for every fleeting thought I have.

I’m praying that I don’t forget anything important and that once I arrive in Uganda, I will be able to focus more on the experience and less on minute details. I’ll let you know how that goes in a few days…

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