Day 98: Endless Horizons

Today I am wound up with the idea of what my future holds. Right now it’s just one big blank page….and I can’t wait.

Who knows! As nerve racking as the uncertainty is — it’s also thrilling. The goal, as of now, is to join the Peace Corps and do some real meaningful work, like teaching perschoolers in Burkina Faso.

Reading through all the possible positions I could have if I get accepted into the Peace Corps makes my heart race. So many places in the world I haven’t been yet, so many new and wonderful people to meet!

Nothing is more attractive to me than a large, clear and endless horizon. It’s funny to think what we all thought would happen when we were younger. I was pegged as the quick to settle and start a family girl and my older sister as the one who would never stop traveling. Seeing as she’s married and owns a house now in San Francisco, our previous ideas about our futures may have shifted some.

Imagining life without running water or electricity living on an island off the coast of Asia has got me smiling from ear to ear. I’m itching to go, to discover a land I’ve never seen before and learn a new culture. I am positive the work won’t always be easy, but I am even more positive it will be one of the most satisfying things I could do.

This eagerness to travel, to explore and begin a new life has got me thinking of a passage from “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer. The main character, Chris, writes a letter to a friend where he says:

“The basic core of a man’s living spirit is in his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”