Today was Day One of the Greatest Adventure of My Life. I spent the last couple days undergoing the chaos of last minute packing, finishing up work, and saying goodbye to family and friends. During this time, there was little occasion to think about what I was getting myself into. Now, sitting in the airport, waiting for my first of many flights to depart, the reality is starting to sink in… In less than one week, I will be introduced to a new life on a new continent far away from anything I now consider typical. As I take this moment to think, I am overcome with a feeling of surreality. It feels like I have been waiting for and working towards this moment forever, and now that it has finally arrived, I’m not sure what to think or do next.
Well, I know one thing. I wanted to write a short blog while sitting in the airport to wish all of you who I did not get the chance to say goodbye to personally a quick farewell. Many of you have had an enormous influence on me and shown incredible support for my mission and I am forever thankful. Your well wishes and words of wisdom will be remembered and cherished throughout my journey.
The flight attendant has just called us to board. Here I go. I take a deep breath as I swing my backpack over my shoulder and make my way towards the gate, down the ramp and towards my future.
Goodbye Dad, Mom, and sister. Goodbye friends. Goodbye house. Goodbye whining cats outside my front door. Goodbye little coffee shop located uptown. Goodbye West Side and South Beach. Goodbye ferry lanes and ferries. Goodbye Seattle Space Needle. Goodbye the United States of America. Welcome Rwanda.