Thank you all for the comments and notes of encouragement. It means more than words can say to read them and know that you all are praying for me and sending love and positive thoughts. As Marta suggested, I have made a list of the positives about my experience here in Moldova. It really helps when I see them all on paper and I realize that, even though this is one of the most challenging things I have done in my life so far, they are some great things to enjoy about it. Here I go:
I can now speak another language, Romanian and when I was in Milan last month, it made all the difference for I can now understand Italian. Learning Italian is going to be so much easier now.
I can live in another culture and different language, on my own and be perfectly comfortable doing so.
I have met some amazing Moldovans, especially my host family in Vasieni. I absolutely love them and the feeling is entirely mutual.
I have met some amazing Americans in the persons of my fellow PCVs and our amazing staff at Peace Corps.
Moldova has some of the cutest dogs and cats I have ever met. They are stray for the most part but they still are very friendly.
Since moving to Moldova I have started running and can now run for more than an hour. I never put much energy into trying before and now am registered to run my first official race, a 10k in Athens, Greece in October.
I have had the opportunity to indulge in one of my favorite things to do - travel. It is so much less expensive to travel within Europe from here.
I have everything I need to live comfortably here in Moldova including my own apartment.
Peace Corps takes really good care of us and provides even the littlest things e.g. dental floss.
I have learned not to sweat the small stuff.
Moldova has some beautiful countryside and I have learned to appreciate it.
These are just what I can think of now. I will be sure to add to the list.
I had the honor to co-MC the Swearing In Ceremony (in Romanian) for some new PCVs last week. It was amazing as I watched the new PCVs and remembered my own Swearing In last year. I remembered the goals I had for my service here, the reasons why I signed up for PC. Our Ambassador to Moldova Asif Chaudry addressed the gathering and talked about when President Kennedy made that speech in Michigan in 1961 and how those students followed up with him and PC was born. It renewed in me the hope and optimism I had when I answered the call to service and made me realize that I still had some work to do here and not much time. Our Country Director, in his address also made me realize why I stay here in Moldova. He spoke about his own service and I realized that each one of us go through the same emotional roller coaster that is Peace Corps. It is an amazing ride and I believe that my service here will make a difference. Even if it is a small one, I would have been successful. So, as I go through the next 11 months, these are the things I keep in mind.