Take A Deep Breath And Enjoy Your Life

At Summer Stampede: Mumford & Sons, Haim, Vampire Weekend, ect

I'm trying very hard to enjoy my time in England, but it is getting rather daunting. I want to be gone! I want to be enjoying the African sun. Yes, I'm not the biggest fan of the heat, but that's besides the point. All the other volunteers are slowly disappearing off to their country and the days seem to be getting longer and longer. There's only two weeks left, but it feels further away now than it did a few months ago. Maybe I didn't think it would ever get this far or maybe I just didn't acknowledge what I was actually doing. I'm going to Africa for a year!  Twelve months. 52 weeks. 365 days. 8765 hours. 525949 minutes. 31,557,600 seconds.  I couldn't be more excited. I feel like this month has been the slowest month ever, yet I feel like I don't have enough time to do all I want to do, it's crazy. It won't feel real until I'm actually there though.



"What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from." - T. S. Eliot

The people I will be going to Senegal with plus our desk officer. My partner is on the far right.
I was often told that training would be intense - 'You'll learn everything you need to know in a small amount of time'. I must admit, this was an understatement. By the end of the week I was physically and mentally drained. The mix between being given information, preparing us for all obstacles and lack of sleep really took a toll on me; however, all aspects of training was clearly needed. 

I didn't make it to the beach, but the others are clearly enjoying
the new jumpers!
Before the Ferry back to mainland

The final evening

I'm sure this is the same for most volunteers, but a week of training really helps you realise that this is really happening. You are really going away for a year. No mummy to call when you forget your key, no best friend to help you make an instant decision, just you and your new found independence. Training has helped me find a healthy balance between being ready for anything, being scared and being excited. I feel like this year will be a life changing experience where I will really learn who I am and who exactly I want to be. I've still got another week of  IT training with my partner soon then it's all up to us. This is our year!

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"My life is my message." Mahatma Gandhi

What does it mean to live? What does it mean to live a successful life? Who judges when a life is successful? To me, true success is achieving that goal that felt so out of reach that you almost gave up.


Movie: How To Steal A Million (1966)

Words cannot describe how much of an amazing classic this is. Audrey Hepburn, France, amazing art, what else do you want?


The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

So I've come back from Scotland! I went there for a bit of fun,
 a bit of a uni visit, a bit of sightseeing and a bit of training
for my gap year. Such a great week and  half. More on it soon! 
The poem below represents my new found freedom. I'm leaving
soon and I'm starting to feel like I'm in control of my life! It seems as
 if everything is happening so fast and I love it.
I hope you're enjoying life too :)

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

What's new in your life that is making you smile?