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Counting down

Well, not really but, as it is August, I am officially on standby. The first group is going out some time soon after the 8th. I am confident that I will be leaving in September and will continue to be in talks with the necessary people.

In the meantime,I continue to pack and unpack. Weigh and reweigh. Think about what I really want to take and whether or not what I have already packed takes precedence over what I have not yet packed. I appreciate the thoroughness of the airline in regards to weight management as I do not want to learn that we have too much baggage as we fly over the ocean.

I think that it is important to note that this is the time when so many people are on edge. Everyone wants to know WHEN. When will I get another email. When will I get my ticket, When will I be leaving . . .and all that is understandable BUT. The but is that we were told early on that this is a very different culture. More specifically, things will not be on the time frame that we are used to AT ALL. For that reason, one should start to relax now and not later. PRACTICE, it will undoubtedly take some getting used to.

And as I say this, I am calm. That would change, however, if I were to get an email tomorrow saying I were leaving on the eighth but thats only because I have extenuating circumstances that would prevent me from traveling. My cast will be off on August 19th and that will be here in no time. After that, I will be in a boot with crutches for some time after that.

So while it is natural for us to wonder and anticipate, remember to relax if you are going through this process now. Go places, eat food you may miss, see people you wont see for a long time once you leave. Make a concerted effort to get rid of things you were holding on to but never used-dont pack all that junk up only to throw it out at a later date! I promise you-it feels liberating :-).

Other than that, there's nothing else for me to really say at this point. I continue to check FB daily. Who am I kidding, multiple times a day to make sure I dont miss anything new. Oh, and meet people before you go. Especially if you are shy like myself. That way you will have already met people that you can officially meet with or reconnect with once there.

My heart hasn't skipped a beat and I hope it remains that way until time for me to go. For then I know that I will have butterflies and who knows what else. It will be off to a new world. But when I thought of reasons to go, there were no reasons for me not to!

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