Lumela everyone! The weeks seem to go by too fast and I’m starting to get more responsibility, so I’m fall behind in my updates. But, here’s what I’ve been up to over here in Lesotho:
Have you ever met someone that doesn’t like reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?? Absolutely not, it’s simply unheard of. Which is why I made it the first book for us to read in our English Lessons/Reading Group. Roald Dahl is filled is imagery and vocabulary that’s both silly and informative, making it the perfect starting book. There was 5 participants this week, and we each took a turn reading aloud. It’s not too complex, and easy for the participants to relate to Charlie Bucket. And, who doesn’t love hearing about chocolate? Sometimes it’s torture reading about all the deliciousness that Mr. Wonka conjures up, and with that in mind, I came prepared supplying chocolate bars for them to nibble on while we read. A perfect combo if you ask me. It was so awesome seeing the participants get so into it! And, not wanting to wait until next Thursday to continue reading, they wanted to meet again on Monday! These are the moments that I cherish in understanding why I’m here, and honestly, there’s nothing better.
It is so weird that I haven’t played soccer in over a year! It seems like that part of my life is so far past me, but at the same time, the year went by so fast. Sometimes I just need Time to slow down to allow me to simply enjoy the moment, which is often shattered with the future looming overhead. The one, (of many) things that I’ve realized while being here is the path I’m walking right now is the right one for today. Not many people my age can say that, and I’m very grateful for the opportunities I have had that have brought me to this very moment. So although I’ve only been here for a like 3 months, I know that continuing in this field of work is what I’m most passionate about. I want to take this opportunity and see how far I can go, which means the next step is to further my education. I’m hoping to get my Masters in Global Health to understand more of the policy/management side of things in an organization. Sadly, that means hitting the books and studying for the GRE (a small price to pay). I thought I never wanted to go back to school, but because I will be studying something that I actually care about, it doesn’t seem like a chore and might actually sound enjoyable.
Although I am starting to think about my future, I keep telling myself to live in the moment and soak up everything here. I’m learning so much, and already felt that I’ve grown in the 3 months that I’ve been here. There’s a sense of understand that I can’t explain. A very special friend wrote to me saying this, “Africa destroys you...in the best way possible.”
Peace, Love, and Moments