Ready or not, I’m going!

Honestly, I have trouble giving a definite answer to the question, “Why are you going on this trip?” A random assortment of influences combined into one major decision. Rest assured, I did not decide on a whim to travel thousands of miles away to play with fancy cameras just for kicks.

I am not sure when the concept of “bucket lists” became so prevalent in society, but for the past five years or so, I have made countless attempts at creating one for myself to see what the hype was about. My lists generally looked somewhat like this, give or take a few additions:

  • Run up a down escalator (Really living life on the edge in this one)
  • Become a Barista
  • Run a half marathon
  • Learn how to play guitar
  • Come up with a better bucket list (One of my personal favorites)
The official bucket list of MTV's "The Buried Life", four men who are successfully crossing off their items.

However, every single attempt would have “GO. TO. AFRICA.” written as the very first item. So I guess, I am actually trying to prove to myself that even though I am incapable of creating a full bucket list, at least I will be able to draw a solid line through my number one.

As shy or timid as I may seem from the outside, I have an adventurous spirit deep down. It is this spirit that inspired me to apply for the program approximately one week before the already extended deadline (better late than never, right?) I specifically remember calling my Mom to tell her I was going rather than ask her like a polite daughter should have (Sorry, Mom) because there was nothing that was going to stop me from accepting the opportunity for this experience. Experiences such as these, travelling to a new country and seeing a different side of the world, give me the opportunity to be gently shoved out of my comfort zone which is terrifying, but rewarding in the end.

Obviously this trip is more than just crossing an item off a bucket list that does not actually exist at the moment. It’s a way for me to go out and see another small part of this giant world we live in, meet new people with different perspectives and through the process learn a little something about myself as well. Lucky for you all, we have these handy blogs and a future documentary film to share a little piece of the experience with you.

Keep on keepin’ on,


Tell me, what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” –Mary Oliver


5 thoughts on “Ready or not, I’m going!

  1. Gabby, journalists always learn to push deadlines a little. I’m glad you decided to come on the trip.

  2. I’m with Carol on the deadlines thing as well as the part about the trip. Good luck checking this off your bucket list and have an absolute blast doing it. Safe travels!

  3. Gabby, I believe that this was an idea that was on your list a long time ago. Once when you were back in Sioux City and we went out to eat at Bob Roe’s Deb asked you what you wanted to do and you indicated that you wanted to run a non-profit in Africa. Maybe that will show up on another bucket list. Good luck and safe travels.

  4. Eyes Wide Open

    So happy for you that you got this chance, and took this chance to try something a little different. Not only a chance to see, listen and learn about another culture, but learn a bit about yourself as well. Enjoy! Love you.

    Don’t forget my Gulu Hard Rock Cafe T-shirt.

  5. You are too young for a bucket list. Although, the sooner you start, the sooner you get to do cool things and see wonderful places

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