Well everyone, for the first time since starting this blog I can say, officially, that I am now a United States Peace Corps Volunteer. The first two months of training have flown by, and while I will miss my new friends as much as I miss my dear friends and loved ones back home, I can honestly say that I am happy to be starting my new life and work in Luderitz.
But first, I must say that the swearing in ceremony was among the happiest moments in my life. It was incredibly surreal – we were surrounded by incredible Namibian and American people, all of whom were there to celebrate our work and our futures. All of whom were and are pulling for us to succeed, and all of whom are ready to put everything they are on the line to work with us toward a better future for the world. I have never been more proud to be an American or to be a human being than in that moment. The atmosphere held within it a different spirit – a spirit of togetherness, of love, of hope, comparable to few things I have seen before.
I must also say how truly blessed I feel to be a part of Peace Corps Namibia Group 39. We have spent almost every waking hour of the past 2 and a half months together, and I say with sincerity that they are not my friends but my family. We have seen each other in every state of emotion, in every state of energy, restlessness, or exhaustion, and we have worked together and trained together on a range of topics. But most importantly, we have learned together. We have played together. We have laughed together. And now, though we will be separated by hundreds of miles, we will work together also. And I know that we are working in the same heart and mind, and that together we will accomplish incredible things.
I don’t know what more to say at the moment other than that I am happy. Luderitz is home. Namibia is home. And I hope to share my home with each and every one of you.
Khalil Gibran has said that “Work is love made visible.” I am ready now for my work.