(I wrote this just before our departure…) Almost Midnight; 11:39pm, May 1, 2011. So that makes it roughly three hours and twenty one minutes before I’m supposed to wake up, six hours and fifty one minutes before the flight departs, and about a day before this message is posted at our first stop in San Jose prior to our final destination on Chira Island.
In theory I should be asleep right now, but instead I find myself sitting here writing the first blog I’ve ever written in my life wondering if anyone is actually going to read this…
“Buy a man a fish, feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, feed him for a life time”
My dad told me that a few years ago, but never have I had a greater appreciation for that quotation. Having the chance to work with an inspiring group of international role models (whom I already look up to), not only interact with the people of Chira Island and learn about their culture but rather become a member of my host family, and on top of all that the opportunity to strive together to make a difference in the lives of the residents living there; all this is a dream come true, an opportunity of a lifetime.
What I am going to see, learn, and experience I will cherish for the rest of my life. All I’m pumped up for now is committing my heart and every ounce of energy I possess in my body to try to attempt to give a gift worthy of exchange.
Well, regarding the language barrier; bring it on! Time to see what I remember from three years in high school! As for the bugs, they shouldn’t be a problem… I’ll find out… Only one thing remains certain: I’m not going to teach anyone to fish.
Thanks to all that supported our group and I (Organizations, and Individuals)
Dear Host Family: I know you can’t read this but I can’t wait to meet you, and with our love for soccer I see a beautiful relationship in our future.
To my family: I love you and always will. J
To my friends: I love you (as a friend). J
I hope you all have an awesome summer and hope to see you soon.
(“Mo Shùile Togam Suas”- Finally starting to, but for now its best to close mine. Goodnight.)
(Entering Second Year Engineering at the University of Calgary)