Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Back on Track and Eager to Go!

I received word today from the director of my school that my paperwork has arrived to her safely, and everything is correct now. What a blessed relief! Marilyn Innes (director of World English Service Ltd) has sent me a truckload of information to help me prepare to leave. I must confess, I'm feeling a little out of breath!

I thought it had sunk in before, but I was wrong. The knowledge that I'm really leaving is just now truly sinking in. I find myself feeling almost sentimental over the silliest things, like the hamburger I ate the other day (could this be my last American hamburger for over a year? Oh my!).

I am really glad that I'll be missing the 2008 presidential election. After the last two dramas, I'd just as soon be across the world from it all this time around! And if a particularly distasteful and idiotic candidate wins (yes, I am thinking of one in particular, but I am keeping my mouth shut as to whom), at least I'll able to live overseas during that individual's "reign."

I've been thinking today about what I will miss the least when I'm in Korea, and have come up with four things that I don't anticipate missing at all:

1. DRIVING!!! My stress will be so much lower now that I won't have to contend with driving everywhere.
2. The depressed Michigan economy - I don't have to worry about it for at least a year, and I don't have to have every other conversation dominated by it. I'm free!
3. The afore-mentioned election. Let's just say I get really tired of hearing everyone follow the advice of a bunch of overpaid actors on who to vote for. I also get tired of the dirty campaigns, the empty promises that only God could keep, and the mindless drones who believe said promises and insist on trying to argue with those of us who don't.
4. The dull state of mind that comes from working jobs one doesn't care about, having no defined purpose in being where one is, and being afraid to dream again.

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"