“Show me a Peace Corps volunteer and I’ll show you a person who wants to change the world. I’ll show you a person who gets easily frustrated because she has high expectations for herself and doesn’t want to let her community down. I’ll show you a person who is idealistic and enthusiastic and dedicated and determined and maybe a little bit naive. I’ll show you someone who fails at changing the world. But I’ll show you someone who has come to realize just how much her world has changed her.”
Earlier this month I celebrated my second birthday on the island and I was struck by the realization of how much I’ve changed as a person in just a little over a year. There have been tough days and heartbreak but there has also been profound joy, beauty, and personal revelations. In the process I’ve discovered that I am so much stronger than I ever could have imagined.
I’ve had to say goodbye to some friends and met new ones along the way. I’ve stopped looking in the mirror and started looking inwards. Island life has broken down my vanity and pride and has forced me to really consider what is truly important in my life… And I am so profoundly thankful for that. There is so much more growing I have left to do and there is so much work still left to be done here. Have I accomplished everything I wanted to do in a year’s time? Hell no. In fact, I’ve had more failures than successes yet it’s crazy how little any of that matters now. I’ve come to realize that the bonds I’ve formed are so much more important than what bullet points on a resume could ever be.