Our journey here began at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya. I clearly remember how I felt that night. I was having mixed feelings; part of me was excited for this new adventure and the other half sad because I was leaving behind many of my friends who I had grown up with and most importantly my family. Believe me, it is all exciting when you know you are going to the States until you actually go there. Then is when it begins dawning on you that you are beginning a totally new and different life with different people in a different place!! At that point you think of how you need God to help you not to ‘explode’ because He now becomes the only familiar person in a totally different society.
After meeting this happy Somali family at the waiting lobby, we finally board our British Airlines plane. It was quite a big thing in my life because it was my first flight and as we entered the plane, I thought it was going to be a really good experience after I saw the business class place until I realized we were going to the Economy class at the back. The flight wasn’t as pleasant as I expected it to be and I wonder why? (My light couldn't turn off and my TV wasn't working so maybe that could be the reason. I don't know L) I loved the beautiful view of London and Heathrow International Airport. We then flew to Dallas, a long almost 10 hour flight and that’s where you thank God for your teenage ‘sleep reserve’ as it surely came In handy. We then took a flight from Dallas to Knoxville, but I was mostly sleepy that time so I wasn't even able to be up and enjoy the take off like for our previous two flights.
Fast forward to Knoxville now. We got to move around the next couple of days as I learnt to settle (I still am learning really J) here. We went to the mall and I was and still am fascinated by how automated things are here like the doors that open on their own, although we have few of these back in Nairobi, the organization of people and time keeping. (This is such a big deal in Africa. You’ve probably heard of the saying there’s no hurry in Africa. IT’S TRUE!!) I’m impressed with how people observe traffic rules here, the variety of things here to buy, the simplified way of education here which I really thank God for and the Wi Fi that’s actually fast (YAY!!). Being here just gives you a new perspective of life and exposes you to very many opportunities of things to do with your life.
I have only been here a week now and I have so many feelings right now. Sometimes I’m not even sure what I feel because it’s like once you begin to experience something new, something else pops up and another and another and you are just not sure what to do, what to say when someone does something, how to respond to certain situations; it’s like you are a child now and you have to learn things all over again. But getting to talk to my second mom J and sister actually helped me realize it’s not so bad after all. I’ve decided to live one day at a time really. I have a feeling I am here for a reason and I’m not quite sure what it is yet. Trusting God is what I’m doing now and praying His will for my life will prevail.