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The Things They Don't Tell You

Pre-Departure

Here I am, about 5 days aways from when I'm meant to fly off to a completely different continent all by myself. When I tell people I'm going to South Africa for a month, everyone comments on how exciting it is and how much fun it's going to be. Something no one ever comments on is how lonely it can feel. Don't get me wrong; I have no doubt this is going to be an experience of a lifetime. I feel so far out of my comfort zone, though. Getting to South Africa itself is two days. That's two days I will be completely isolated from anything familiar. Right now, that makes me feel lonely. I'm aware that my emotions are anticipating an event that hasn't even happened yet, but I still don't know how to reassure myself. I think all I can do at this point is ride the wave and trust that this discomfort I'm feeling will lead to growth.

Posted by kfkeane 18:30 Archived in USA Tagged emotions growth nerves bravery

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These are quotes that I like to think about when I feel similarly:

“Be fearless in trying new things, whether they are physical, mental, or emotional, since being afraid can challenge you to go to the next level.” –Rita Wilson

“Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.”― Rudyard Kipling

“There are things I can’t force. I must adjust. There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint.” —Denis Diderot

by Kaitlin

Thanks Kaitlin! I'm hoping it'll be lots of fun once we get settled.

by Kayla Keane

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