To put it frankly, I didn’t like who I was back then. In addition to not being very outgoing, I was out of shape (overweight) and way too dependent on other people (needing confirmation). Also I would never ever think of talking let alone singing in front of large groups of people. Well Peace Corps forces you to look at yourself with clear eyes outside of the comforts of home. Looking back three years ago I have difficulty recognizing myself.
|Me at the beginning of my China service.|
One of the major reasons I decided to serve a second Peace Corps tour was that I liked myself so much better after two years in China. I felt that I was a better person in almost every way. I felt that I had grown and improved, and I wanted to continue to grow and improve.
Here I am in Thailand and, indeed, I have continued to grow and improve as a person. I’m doing things now that I used to not think possible. I’m training for my first half-marathon and I'm biking and running distances that I never could before. I’m outgoing and confident in myself (for the most part), and I no longer need other people to confirm me in my eyes. I infinitely happier than I was before I started this amazing journey and I’m eternally grateful to the Peace Corps for providing me with this wonderful opportunity to help other people and grow as a person.