With 30 days until I leave for Morocco, two things are on my mind. First and foremost is the girl I am set to leave behind. I know I’m going to leave my family and friends behind…but I don’t entirely regard that a bad thing. Although I will miss my friends and family, I know they will be here for me when I get back. When it comes to romance, life works a little differently. We know full well that we can’t ask each other to wait. It really isn’t sane to expect a 27 month long-distance relationship to last off of a one-month romance. A part of me desperately doesn’t want to risk losing her. That part want to stay behind. The other part of me reminds me that everything I’ve ever wanted (except romance and a family) is offered by the Peace Corps. Ambitious friend. Helping people. Travel. Help towards a great job. I can not expect either of us to wait…but I can hope. Still, I cannot help but imagine my life if I decide not to leave her.
One other thing is on my mind. Arabic. I am not great at languages. In 30 days, I will be thrown into an intensive 8-week course where Arabic and the culture of Morocco will be taught. I need to get a good head start. In order to get going, I am going to force myself to work on it every day until I leave. Today is focused on skowering the internet for ideas on how to start learning the language. Tomorrow will focus on buying a couple language books (and a tourist book of Morocco) so that I can get a real start on my studies. I will let you know how it goes. I may even try to write some Arabic poems or Haikus.
Here is today’s update from my teenage past. Some of these poems are a bit embarrassing (this one included). It almost looks like I wanted it to be a song rather than a set poem. It sounds like a crappy pop song.