With only 2700 miles remaining to my final destination to South Africa I’m FINALLY starting to get excited and see a light at the end of this long and tiresome trip. It will be for sure well worth the many movies, books, magazines, naps, cramping butt cheeks, airplane food, dehydration and chats with fellow passengers to see and experience one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
I must admit I had more than a few moments of mixed emotion of excitement, anxiety and sadness in the days leading up to departure and even held back a few tears as the plane lifted for take off. I was overwhelmed with excitement all while yelling at myself internally WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!! Not only is it a new and positive journey in my life but also a very difficult time of year to leave my family behind over the holidays for the first time.
My decision to travel to South Africa as this time of year was something that I wanted to not only do for myself but as well to help those who are less privileged. I also wanted to learn more about South Africa and to immerse myself into a different culture and to learn, grow and appreciate all that I have back in Canada.
As well, I’m accepting new possibilities and opportunities in my life in which is changing my direction and journey. As I become older, I learn more with each day what morals and values are most important to me and that having materials is not as valuable as experiencing life and spending time with the people who love and support me. Visiting South Africa is an opportunity that many do not get to experience in a lifetime and I’m blessed to have this chance to see it’s beauty and to most importantly give back to a community.
I know that I could never have done this without the inspiration and love from my beautiful best friend Mandy who encouraged me to join her on this trip, my parents, and amazing friends who continue to inspire me everyday…Michelle, Kathy K, Kelly, Sherri, Sue, Christine, Lauren, Nancy and Debbie…Love you all!!