TWO DAYS! Am I packed? Definitely not. But am I ready? Absolutely!
In less than 48 hours, I’m moving to Tanzania for three months, and I have literally no idea what to expect. Sure, that can be a bit intimidating, even nerve-racking. But despite whatever fears I may have, I know that I’m ready. I’m ready to grow, to learn, and to be challenged. AND I’M EXCITED!
What am I doing with my time abroad exactly, you ask? Well, I’m interning with the Africa Volunteer Corps in Moshi, Tanzania (right at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain! ~Pictures to come~). It is an organization dedicated to empowering African leaders for African development projects, (kind of like AmeriCorps, if you’re familiar with that organization). I don’t know the specifics of my job as an intern, but I’m beyond excited to be working with such an incredible organization and to be learning from some highly talented and inspiring people.
While I was researching the organization, I came across an interview with one of the co-founders, Caitlin Kelley. She was asked, “If someone has a dream for making the world better, what advice would you give them?” And part of her response was this: “Fall in love with fear. Pushing outside your comfort zone is scary, so feeling fear is a sign that you are doing something right, taking risks and growing. If you feel like you are about to jump out of an airplane, you know you’re in the exact right spot.”
And that’s exactly how I feel. So as I’m crossing into a world of the unknown, a world of possibility, I’m doing my best to fall in love with fear. As I embark on this journey, I’m taking this advice to guide my way: to listen and observe, to act with humility, and to get out of my own way. I have an incredible opportunity here, and I hope to embrace it in the best way I know how—with an open heart and an open mind.
I don’t know what’s coming. But I hope to share it with you as I venture into this new and exciting chapter of my life, (meaning I hope to keep this thing updated, at least semi-regularly…) So for now, for all of us: here’s to living, to adventure, and to fear. Cheers!
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