I wanted to post the poem I shared at our first pre-departure meeting. Again, I wrote it after acceptance to the South Africa program. I was overwhelmed with joy and excitement. I painted the lion in a high school art class.
I have always thought lions to be the most beautiful creatures. In these animals, I see both myself and the self I want to become. Lions embody power, strength and independence. Yet, there remains a strong sense of community within a pride, with each member complementing, supporting, and learning from the other.