I'm moving to Africa in three and a half months. My to-do list is slowly diminishing as I send in visa papers, shop for summer wear, and make medical appointments. I get excited and anxious as I listen to Swahili on CD and practice my African geography on a map I downloaded from the web. My type A tendencies are in full swing.
No matter how much I read, study, and visit with other Kenya travelers, I will not be completely prepared for this change in my life. How can I? I've never been to Kenya. I've never been to Africa! Although I've lived overseas before, this will be a totally new experience - different culture, bigger school, eight years older. One thing I can prepare myself for, however, is no expectations. Having lived overseas before, I know that low expectations are key. It's hard not to have expectations of this new place I'll call home, but I know expectations in a foreign country generally are never met. So, I try not to daydream too much, keep plugging away at the myriad tasks I need to accomplish, and count down the days with anticipation. Moving day will be here before I know it.
I am looking forward to seeing scenes like this Kenya safari photo. Yes, I will be living a national geographic life soon enough. In the meantime, I'm enjoying where God has me right now, finishing strong at a job that has blessed me and spending time with friends that cannot be replaced.