Every once in a while, if you are lucky, you witness something extraordinary. Something beautiful. Maybe it is a child´s smile, a sunrise, an unexpected connection, or a spiritual experience. You know you can try to capture it with a photo, or explain it to a friend, but it isn´t quite the same. It is an essence. It is an impression of what it meant to you.
Eleven months today Ian and I hopped on a plane to Perú. It´s also been more than six months since I published a blog post. I´ve written several in my head while hand washing our clothes or sitting on 24-hour bus rides, but that doesn´t exactly count. (Confession: I couldn´t even remember my password to access the site!) The past six months flashed by, but they have been filled with experiences, stories, and friendships. The world I knew this time last year feels like yesterday and a lifetime ago at the very same time.
I have found my Peace Corps service to be more personal than I expected. I needed to unplug myself in order to experience it. I needed to give myself time to process and reflect on these experiences before I started talking about them. I didn´t want to shortchange the relationships or work by giving a quick impression. I wrote in my heart instead of on the computer. Every time I sat down at to type, I realized I wasn´t ready. It is much easier to share little things through Facebook, Twitter, or FaceTime than it is to process a transformative experience and then share it with everyone you know.
That being said – I was left speechless by this beautiful experience. But now, I´m ready to share. We have more stories coming very, very soon.
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then it turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
Until then, know that Ian and I are filled with happiness. We´re living our dream.