12 Days of Gratitude: Day 7

“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.” – Dalai Lama XIV

July

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In July, I moved to Kingston! I started my new leadership position and I got my own office at the Peace Corps Office. As much as I love my host family, I’ve got to admit that it felt nice to move into my own place. I hung up lights and reminders of home, slowly made the place feel like home.

For the first time in a long time, I was alone. I had time to reflect by myself and time to overthink everything. I struggled. I struggled with feeling like the new kid, with not having enough meaningful work to do at the office, with living in a restricted city with a lot of rules and off-limits areas, with not knowing many people. I knew this feeling all too well, as that’s largely how I felt when I first moved to my community, except this time, there wasn’t anyone wondering what the farina was doing there, what I was wearing or how I talked. Looking back, I am grateful that I felt this way.

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The tough times help us to know when we’ve got it good, but it’s so easy to lose sight of that, to forget how it really feels to be alone. I have this tendency to rush from one stage of life to the next, and that’s exactly what I did when I moved.

But Jamaica reminded me once more to tek taim. This concept of “taking time” is a Jamaican colloquialism, but has proven a recurring theme throughout my service. It’s the advice that was given to us by a PCV on our first day in Jamaica; it’s advice that we passed on to the next two groups of incoming PCVs. To slow down and really take time to feel, to learn, to grow. I am so grateful for that reminder. It’s a lesson I’m still learning.

Oh, and living less than a mile away from Devon House and their famous ice cream. I’m really grateful for that.

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Along with my move came new experiences, like exploring Lime Cay (pronounced “key”), which is a small island near the coast of Kingston. It came with the full realization that I was about to spend another whole year in Jamaica that would surely hold new lessons learned and places explored! For the adventures and the possibilities, I am grateful.

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More of Logan’s family came to visit in July! I met his mom, stepdad, brother and sister-in-law and they are all wonderful (of course). For more beautiful souls in my life, time spent laughing and weekends at all-inclusive resorts, I am grateful.

My life is a good one.

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