In the meantime, we are on our way back to site in PC or private vehicles. They are going to drop us off at our doorsteps so I have bought quite a few things I would not normally buy ‘cause I don’t have to hike up the hill with them. I have been gone so long! Glad to be out of the capital, though. I was starting to get my “city” cold I always get while I am there. Hopefully I don’t continue coming down with it…
On another note, I received an email update that my favorite author wrote on her blog. I read it and it was so perfect to what I have been feeling recently about my role as a PCV and everything going around I am going to share it with you in hopes that it will encourage you too.
“Have you noticed how everything takes much longer than you anticipate it will? And costs more. And hits all kinds of bumps and wiggles along the way? May I encourage you and say keep going! You’ll get there. Don’t abandon the project. You felt inspired and eager when you started. Draw in a fresh breath and carry on. It will be worth the energy and the agony. Really, it will. You are creating loveliness and you are improving the world around you. Don’t stop. Please. Keep at it. We need the beauty and the efficiency and the practicality of whatever it is that your delayed project will bring to this chaotic world. Don’t give up.” - Robin Jones Gunn
This brings me to some conversations I had with my group as we reflected on the last year. Some we knew would probably leave after awhile and a couple we were surprised about. I was on some people’s lists to leave, which I was not surprised about at all. I'm personally not surprised I am still here, but I can see how others would be and am not offended by it. My current roommate (SCR) says she feels like I have grown more into myself. :)
As some of y'all can attest - I certainly have become a little more blood thirsty in games! I am looking forward to getting back to site and whatever this next year has in store.! Time for bed now. Pray for the people of Nepal and this next year for us volunteers.