As I lay in my hotel room bed, which has truly begun to feel like home to me. I haven’t lived at home for 9 months now. By the time my program ends it’ll be 10 months I haven’t lived in my town. I have driven cross country volunteering all around America (mainly New Jersey, for Hurricane Sandy relief).

I have lived in Iowa, at what used to be a school for the blind

I then went to Anniston, Alabama for training at the Department for Homeland Security Center for Domestic Preparedness.

After that, Winchester, Virginia living in a hotel working at a call center.

Hurricane Sandy made landfall-That following weekend we were deployed to New Jersey, living at Fort Dix a military base. That by far was the most depressed I have ever become, looking back that is the weakest point of my life, but I made it through and I now realize what an experience living there was.

After that Montclair State University, lived there for 2 months

Finally we made it to the end of my service year-Washington, D.C. (also known as the happiest I have been all year) Back to living in an Extended Stay with 3 roommates, yes it is cramped but they are like brothers I wouldn’t trade them for the world.

So what is next? 

I received a job offer in Chicago, IL. I accepted this offer, for now. I will be working with people who have been affected by HIV and AIDS. I can’t imagine this next year being a walk in the park-if I go through with it and go move out there. I am still waiting to hear back from the college I applied too, if and when I am accepted I will choose to go there and continue my education. But for now Chicago here I come.

The future is unknown and I kind of like it that way-as scared as I am to move to a big city in the midwest, I am also excited for such an amazing opportunity. Is it 100% that I will be going? No, but I have the chance to so why not take it while it is there.

There are many things I want to do with my life, so many plans to be made, so many things to be done. I am trying the best I can to figure out my life, but I don’t have it all figured out. If anyone says they do, they are liars. 

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