2009 was a year of firsts. I survived my first year of teaching; I moved to a another country for the first time; I missed every single MS State football game for the first time in three years; I celebrated Thanksgiving, my birthday, Christmas, and New Years away from home for the very first time; I have not been behind the wheel of a car in almost three months. Believe me, that is a lot to process.
But then I realized something; my list of firsts for 2009 looked pretty pathetic and self-absorbed. With that realization, I decided to stopping being dramatic and I made myself a new list of firsts.
- 2009 marked the ending to my unbelievable adventure as a first-year teacher, and I took on the role of interning with an amazing human-rights organization that is dedicated to ending injustice and oppression in the Philippines.
- I got on a plane, buckled my seatbelt, and headed for Manila for nine months…by myself!
- I cheered on my bulldogs all the way from Manila, Philippines!
- I had the opportunity to visit the children’s home I worked at in 2008, I met the founder of Threads of Hope, on of my most favorite livelihood projects here in the Philippines.
- For Thanksgiving, I had turkey twice, and I was able to celebrate this special day with new friends from all over the world.
- I had the Filipino version of Happy Birthday sung to me.
- I am reluctantly conquering public transportation.
- My mom and my Aunt Dian got on a plane, buckled their seatbelts, and headed to Manila…just to see me!
- Me, mom, and Aunt Dian all celebrated Christmas together in the Philippines!
- I got a sun burn in December!