Have you ever been on a trail run with the beat of Indian music in your ears, matching your foot falls on the forest floor? I recommend it; you just might find yourself in another world for a while. I have been grappling with how best to mentally prepare for this journey to India, and I now realize, there is no way to be ready. I have made a million lists, for work, for school, and for this trip. I still do not have everything checked off, and this morning as I sit down to reflect on the insanity of the last months, I realize it is okay.
In this moment I feel a deep sense of gratitude to my family and friends who had the play-by-play of the last month leading up to this day. I am overwhelmed and so thankful for their love and endless support. I am thankful for my colleagues and managers at work who are covering for me, and who approved and encouraged me despite the added burden it puts on them.
Finally, I feel thrilled to be able to spend the next several weeks focusing on one subject, in one place, with learning objectives around one theme. I am excited to put all of myself into my time in India, instead of the many things I find myself pulled between in my day-to-day world. So, this morning despite needing to leave in an hour and still putting stuff in my bag, I am grateful. I am enjoying my last bowl of Oregon blueberries and oatmeal for a couple of weeks, drinking my tea, and sending loving thoughts to my family and friends. I look forward to seeing the amazing group of people with whom I am about to start this program, very soon. Safe travels to all. India here we come!