On January 31st I attended the Third Goal Film Fest at the Missouri Theatre. The Peace Corps has 10 goals for its volunteers. The third goal is: To promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
The film fest is an effort to do this. One of the films, 27 Months, is a documentary that follows three Peace Corps Volunteers throughout their 27-month assignment. It is a good depiction of how difficult life can be in the PC. But also of how rewarding and memorable it can be.
Over the years I have learned that activities that turn out to be life-changing don't happen without many moments where you think something like, "Uh-oh, what have I gotten myself into this time?" I have had those moments at work, on a steep icy slope at 8500 feet, in a lightning storm on a wide flat plain where we were all trying not to be the tallest thing around, and in marriage. Of all the regrets I have (yes, many) none have come from doing these things.
Of course, that's easy for me to say now. I'll let you know how I feel after the first hurricane.