24 hours from now, I will be sitting on a plane at Asheville Regional Airport waiting to depart on my grand adventure. I don’t even have the words to tell you how excited I am. I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to travel and help people at the same time. I am so incredibly appreciative for all of the love and support I’ve received from my family and friends. I have grown so much over the past year, but I know this is only the beginning. I truly hope that this trip is only the first in a long series of adventures to help people all around the world.
I didn’t realize that I am kind of nervous about this experience until yesterday when I noticed that I was clenching my teeth and had been doing so for about two days. I’m not worried about my safety, I am very prepared and I have a lot of common sense when It is required of me. I’m not worried about what will happen at home while I’m gone because there’s nothing I can do that will change the outcome of any of the situations I’m currently experiencing. Staying home won’t help my grandmother’s brain tumor heal faster and it won’t keep my dog from going into liver failure. I’ve realized very recently but it’s not fair to myself for me to live basing all of my decisions on what ifs. I’m not worried about whether or not I’ll have a good time, because I know this is going to be the experience of a lifetime. I guess I am just nervous about the immense cultural differences and about whether or not I will be able to have a positive impact on the lives of the children I meet.
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