I never thought the day would come that I would want to turn down a free trip to Rabat. Next week I have to go to the capital for a routine doctor’s appointment. Usually I really look forward to my trainings and doctor’s visits, aka Peace Corps-funded trips. I love visiting different cities in Morocco and have welcomed the breaks from my town.
After a long period of travel and training in December and January, I had spent about a month out of site. Everything at site was actually looking up before that break. My relationships within the community felt as strong as ever, and I had a decent workload with upcoming projects. Coming back after the break was a huge relief, after an overdose of distractions and a lack of control.
Since being back, I’ve worked more consistently and at more venues than before. I am interacting with different demographics every week and integrating more life skills topics into my existing classes. Aside from Peace Corps work, I’m spending a lot of time on personal and professional development at home, even eating better and working out to prioritize my physical health again.
I have such a great routine going here, which is insane to think about because a year ago I was struggling to find structure, writing maybe one thing in my agenda per week and feeling so unproductive. But I finally found work that matters to my community, and therefore matters to me, and private activities that motivate and empower me. My calendar is almost full every day if you can believe it. I barely can.
I was dreading going all the way across the country for one doctor’s appointment, which will put a damper on my schedule, but I thought of the perks. I am excited to go to Rabat for a couple of days so I can eat some bomb food and study at a nice cafe, which I haven’t done in years. The weather is usually nice there too. I also get to see my old host family that moved to Meknes because I’ll stop there on my way to Rabat and back. Of course, the most important benefit is making sure I’m healthy.
Rabat will be a short and sweet solo trip, inshallah, but I’m feeling really excited that I don’t really want to leave my site. It’s a milestone that signals the strength and positivity of the life I’ve created here in the middle of nowhere. I’m proud of that. I can’t wait to see what I can accomplish in the last nine months with this mindset. I’ve only in the last couple of months started to realize that it’s going to be hard to leave.