The biggest reason for this experience is to celebrate life for what it is - and for what I make of it. Life isn't just what happens when it's sunny out, on vacations or weekends, or during snow days. Life consists of the conversations you have, the strangers you've met, the trees you've sat under, and the smiles you've had a hand in creating. It's about eating something that you have no idea what it is. It's about following the unpaved path that leads off the road. It's about Life is everything - and every action I do from here on out will determine if I will be a good man, or not.
I am bringing with me the hope for a new perspective. I am bringing my drawing books and pencils, and crayons for the children. I am bringing all the courage I can muster, and the understanding that I will be knocked down and picked back up. I'm excited for the people I've already and haven't already met, the places I'll visit and live, and the things I haven't heard. I'm excited to meet new friends, try new foods, and to see the young man I'm inevitably forced to become.
If you happen to be traveling throughout Africa, please stop in for a cup of coffee. I'll always have room for a friend.
Take the Adventure, heed the call, now ere the irrevocable moment passes! ‘Tis but a banging of the door behind you, a blithesome step forward, and you are out of the old life and into the new!”