Third Goal Film Fest / by Alan Strathman

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.