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Dear Ethan…

Dear Ethan,

     I’m sitting here at Sobo Bade, in Toubab Dialaw, getting ready to say my goodbye’s to these people and this place in less than 24 hours time. My time here has been incredible, and even though it’s been hard, I would do it all again in a heartbeat. If I’m being honest, I’m not quite sure how I feel about leaving yet. On one hand, I’m excited to go home, see my friends and family, and sleep in my own bed. But on the other hand, I’ve learned so much here and I’m not sure that I’m ready to go back, feeling like a new person, to the place that I’ve spent the last 18 years of my life. What’s going to happen? How much have I actually changed? Questions like these have been running rampant in my head for weeks now, and it’s been hard. I know that these questions have been scary, but I also know that everything will be ok. And the only way for me to answer these questions is to jump into them with open arms and take whatever life throws at me.