After my last post, I got a surprising amount of texts, comments and emails from friends either relating to the sentiment or trying to soothe it somehow. It was already comforting enough to know that other people thought about this too, but a friend’s email contained a quote that has helped avert my so-called crisis:
The seaweed is always greener in somebody else’s lake.
A creative spin on a common cliché, which holds true. In the Peace Corps, there’s a lot of downtime to think about the very act of being here—and sometimes doubts do come up—but after my friend’s words of encouragement, he reminded me that not too long ago, I was elsewhere fantasizing about being here.
His simple, but necessary reminder put my doubts into perspective and served to remind me that in spite of all the challenges (some days more than others!) had I not joined the Peace Corps, it would’ve always been a question, and maybe even a regret.
Thanks to all the people who reached out, and Fer, have I told you lately that I love you? I will never again underestimate the power of a Disney song—or of caring friends.