I find myself asking this question often…and not because of the crazy Malaria meds we have to take. No, I find myself realizing exactly what is going on right now in my life and I often can’t grasp that it is reality. For the past few years, when people asked me what my plan was, I told people my dream is to join the Peace Corps…and most of the time people just asked why, but I knew deep down it was what I was going to do. Then, almost exactly a year ago, my plan (and thus life) seemed to be falling apart as Peace Corps was looking less and less like an option. Fast-forward to the present and, all of a sudden, I am at site doing what I love to do: teaching.
In between last year and now is all a big blur and I often can’t even think back to what happened nor the worries I used to have. All that nervousness, excitement, drama, struggle, etc. has all passed. Chidenguele, Mozambique, Africa is to be my home for the next two years, and these are to be my students. This is the first time (probably since high school) that I have a plan for the next two years and I truly could not be happier that this is how I am going to spend them. Everything has come together flawlessly: from my beautiful site, to my roommate situation, my school, my students, and the surprisingly awesome first days of class.
In Peace Corps, we go through a lot of extreme highs and lows as far as emotion, but this isn’t just an outburst of me on a high note. I had a moment today when I was teaching that it all seemed to hit me at once: my students correctly conjugated each verb I put on the board after tons of drilling, and I almost shed a tear of happiness. It made me remember my ESL classes in Minnesota and I realized I haven’t felt happiness like this since then. And to think of how far I have come since my days in Minnesota…it is truly like I am walking in a dream.