Closing Time

Last week we had our Close of Service conference. As strange as it seems, the conference marked the beginning of the last three months of our service here in Paraguay. The two days of sessions were filled with both looking back and “we did it”‘s as well as preparations for the future: readjusting to life in the States, job hunting, and sharing our experience with those back home.

Peace Corps Paraguay COS Closing of Service Conference

Our training group has journeyed a long ways, both together and individually. We’ve learned, taught, stretched, changed, and grown. Though each one’s experience is uniquely theirs, my fellow G-mates (as they’re affectionately called) are bound to understand the best.

Peace Corps Paraguay COS Closing of Service Conference

Life is a balance though, isn’t it? While I joined in with gusto on the “we did it” cheers, I’m acutely aware that three months remain. These three little months at the end of this adventure will surely pass quickly.

Peace Corps Paraguay COS Closing of Service Conference

I’m reminded that time is relative, as our complete study abroad semester in college was three (seemingly to me at the time) loooong months in all.

Peace Corps Paraguay COS Closing of Service Conference

So here we are practicing our balancing act. We excitedly ponder what the next stage may bring: travel, friends, family, jobs. Nostalgia also plays its role and I find my chest swelling and eyes filling more often than usual as I notice scenes of a Paraguay I’ve grown to truly love.

Peace Corps Paraguay COS Closing of Service Conference

We’ve filled our schedule with projects and have dove in, longing to make the most of our time. Though the scale may tip from present to future from time to time, Isaiah and I have learned to rebalance each other.

Peace Corps Paraguay COS Closing of Service Conference

And just like so many other things I doubted were possible, Peace Corps has shown me an appropriate balance between here and there is not only achievable but the exact right spot to be.

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