Since November, I have pretty much been in the same status within the Peace Corps of just waiting for my next bit of news. About a week ago, I received word from the Peace Corps that my official date to depart is May 18th from Chicago. Okay, its really Shaumburg but its basically my home city. Ever since that time, things have started to move much more quickly than I could have anticipated.
The past two weekends had to be some of the hardest days of my life yet, saying goodbye to so many friends. While I know it won't be the last time I see some of these people before I leave, it is still very hard to even think about. But of course life goes on, and takes you down roads you could have never expected.
Now comes the daunting task of preparing as much as possible. The thought of packing really brings this whole thing into reality. But even more than that, the idea of packing up everything else into boxes gives closure to this point in my life. So I know as the next few weeks wind down, there will be a multitude of emotions taking place, and I'm sure they will probably be discussed here before I leave. So for now, things are moving, much faster than ever in this whole process. And the excitement is almost more than I can handle.