There is one thing that I am set on doing throughout my life: travel. I want to see everything and learn as much as possible. Living in my sheltered suburban home, I feel underexposed to the world around me. Don't get me wrong, I have loved everything that has been given to me in my life and I am truly blessed, but I want to see what the rest of the world has to offer. Whether it be a life lesson or just a new song or dance to learn, I want to come back knowing I have changed in some way. I have always wanted to go to Africa and I knew this trip was for me. Although I am not studying Family Social Science, I know this trip will be a great opportunity to learn culture and understand the world better.
I truly cannot believe I am traveling to Africa in two days. When I think about it my stomach turns to knots. It's both a nervous feeling as well as excitement for what is to come. Throughout our journey in South Africa, I want to open myself up for the culture to seep in. I want to see and learn and hopefully change. I don't mean that in the sense that I have done wrong, but I hope to see and take life in a different way.
As for the 20+ hour flight, I am honestly not looking forward to it. I have yet to decide what I will do with myself sitting in a seat for that long of a time period. It also doesn't help that I don't often sleep well on planes.
All in all, I have a bundle of emotions going forward. I am anxious and excited, but when I get there I hope my worries are pushed aside.
I have my Chacos on and I'm ready to go. Here I come, Africa! Open my eyes!