Ok, so I’m supposed to wright something about Africa for school but I’m just gonna copy and paste this excerpt from my journal.
Coming out of my shell
I used to be painfully shy around kids my age. I was slightly better around adults but I still sucked. I would have my moments of courage, but still, painfully shy. It would hurt my performance at my job at the furniture store. I didn’t have to be a super charismatic salesman. No, all I had to do was talk to the customers. But I struggled heavily with that too. Then when we had the whole detour in Atlanta thing happened, I saw Josiah having a smooth confident conversation with an adult. That dude just turned 13. My mind was blown. That’s when I realized I had to step up my game. When I got to Africa I decided to go all out. I would greet people, look em in the eye, make jokes, just have confidence! I had to teach Sunday school and be a worship leader. I got pushed far outside of my social comfort zone and it was the best thing that could’ve happened to me. it feels great to get out of my shell. I just have to keep this confidence when I go home.
It really isn’t all about me
The American mindset is,“It’s all about me, give me what I want, I deserve the best!”. And I wasn’t like that out loud, but subconsciously, that was me. Coming here has showed me that I took everything I have for granted. I don’t deserve anything and it really isn’t all about me. When my WiFi isn’t working it really isn’t the end of the world. The food I ate for dinner was disgusting but at least I had food. Life can get really sucky. I’m very very fortunate to have the life I have. I’m very thankful.
Overall more life experience
I’ve just matured overall. My worldview has expanded greatly. Africa feels like being on a different planet. There’s a world outside of America and it’s crazy over here. I’ve gain so much experience from being in tough situations. I’m just so thankful for the whole opportunity!
April 17 2019 is when I wrote that. Obviously I learned more than just those three lessons but that’s all I wrote. I might write about Africa later, but right now I need to finish school. So this all your getting out of me for today.