My last week in Panama was full of many emotions, I was excited to return home but also sad to leave the friends I had spent the last 5 months with. It felt like I was leaving family and my trip home was almost if not more emotional than when I first left Canada. It was tough leaving Canada but I knew I would be returning and I had a plane ticket to prove it but leaving Panama was rough. I don't know if I will ever see the places I saw again, experience the things I had experienced or more importantly see the friends I made there ever again. I was also nervous for my transition and reentry back to Canada, luckily we had classes the last week educating us on what to expect and how to deal with coming home.
My trip home went very smoothly, my flights were on time and I had no motion sickness the whole trip. As I made my way home from Houston to Vancouver the Canucks game played as crazy fans cheered and probably scared some people on the plane. The week I arrived home I was thrown into wedding preparation which kept my mind off things. But the following weeks things started to seem like a dream. All I had experienced in Panama was hard to express to people and although people wanted to know about my trip they would never fully know all that I encountered during those 5 months. But most importantly I know what I learned, and I can recall those experiences that shaped me.
Many people have asked me 'So whats next?' and my response is typically this:
Currently I am looking for a job to start saving for college. In January I will attend Langara College working towards a Bachelors in Visual Arts. After 2 years completed at Langara I will transfer to Simon Fraser University to complete the last 2 years in my degree and then hopefully move onto one year in the Education program. After I complete my teaching degree which will most likely be focused on high school students I will start my teaching career! I am pretty open to wherever God calls me, whether it is here in Canada or across the world. So yes, that is my current plan, but it is not set in stone, I am open to being flexible and I would love to travel more.
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