Tuesday, July 25, 2006
OH SH*T Is This for Real!
I am going to Burkina Faso...what? That's a country? Well, yes it is...and yes, I am going to live there! According to my literature I am going to be serving as a Small Business Advisor. That should be very interesting. I am also lucky enough to have parlayed myself a little volunteer work on the FESPACO (Pan-African Film Festival). It is one of the largest film festivals in Africa, and for those of you that know me you know that this festival is right up my alley. So, I hope to get very involved!
As the days tick on I can't help but hope that I made the right decision. I gave my notice at my current job today, and I have to say it was the hardest thing I have ever done. Even still, I am constantly questioning my decision. I left a pretty great job to go live in rural Africa...I can't help but question WHAT AM I DOING!?! Anyhoo, pardon my crazy ranting, this is just a big deal for me, and as the day approaches I get more and more nervous.
I need to continually calm myself down, and remind myself of why I am doing this, and what it is that I am going after.
The timeline as it stands now is that I am flying to Birmingham on the 11th of August to pick up my dad's SUV and then road trip it up to NYC! I will pick up my stuff, move it home, and twiddle my thumbs until September 25th...my official leave date. With a lot of family time to catch up on, I am sure I won't get bored.
Check back often as I will begin to update it fairly frequently as the day approaches. I hope to post pictures (maybe even some video), and my random thoughts. New York has been amazing, and chances are I may make my way back there again...off I go to Africa.