I got the most incredible email this morning. It was my invitation from the Peace Corps to serve in the Eastern Caribbean, leaving June 11th. I opened the email and immediately burst into happy tears. It’s really hard to express how happy I am right now. Giddy would be the only word to describe it. I started the application process in April and have been waiting for this day ever since. If you’ve spoken to me in the past 9 months, you know that I have been a ball of anticipation and working hard to make this happen. I finally got what I’ve been waiting for and I feel like I can now move on from thinking about a million “what if?” scenarios, and start making actual plans. I can let my excitement be real, because now I know it’s going to happen.
I told the Peace Corps I would serve anywhere, but for obvious reasons, I am very happy to have the opportunity to serve in the Eastern Caribbean. It will be similar weather to what I’m used to here in San Diego. It will be beautiful of course, but also hard work, which I’m looking forward to. I need a challenge.
I am volunteering in the Peace Corps for a number of reasons. One of the main reasons is because it is a big step in the direction of the career I am determined to have. I need international work experience, I need experience developing cultural adaptability, and I need to know if I can cut it when things get hard. Besides the practical reasons, I also want to help people, and let them help me become a better person. Without sounding too idealistic, I truly believe the answer to most problems in the world is better understanding. That is a lot of what the Peace Corps is about, not going in and thinking that you can save the world, but to go in and expect to bring greater understanding to yourself and those around you. Cultural Exchange. This little paragraph doesn’t begin to fully explain my motivations, but it’s a taste.
Now I have to pass legal and medical clearance and I’ll be golden. I’m finally out of the rut I was in while waiting and I truly feel light as a feather.