Only a few hours remain until 17 of us settle comfortably into our Delta Air coach seats. My excitement, currently displayed in the shape of anxiety, is rising to the surface. It may have something to do with the fact that I must still pack, or it may well be the coffee/ donut breakfast. Strange as it may be, these nerves do not worry me; a more powerful feeling of calm is shading over this day.
Today I sit in a warm artificially heated room, still complaining quietly about the slight chill…what a luxury this is. It is a conscious effort to move this thought aside. I am eager to let this experience change me. I told myself I would post something, anything onto this blog site before this journey began. So here it is…nothing overwhelming, nothing any more inspirational than the last, and most definetly, nothing well prepared and thought out. My intent is simply to display my thoughts at this very moment; somehow capture this time in my life in print. The thoughts that are flooding my mind right now are basically centered around the logistics (sad but honest) of the luggage, the process at the airport tonight and our safe landing in Capetown. The concern for those three who will continue their journey into the northern region after we return to Los Angeles is also at the top of my mind; their safety in that leg of the trip will be on my mind throughout our two weeks together.
I will end here by asking each one of you to keep the 17 of us in your thoughts and prayers, in whichever form it is which soothes you. I am not sure what is to come, but am sure it will be an amazing experience in regards to the magnificence of the land itself, the personal emotional journey and the deepened relationships within us travellors. Four words before I head off to run frantic last minute errands—South Africa or BUST!
more updates soon…