Exactly one month ago I experienced a day much like my first day of kindergarten. I was at Vancouver International Airport about to embark on the trip I had been dreaming about and planning for so long. Much like my 5 year old self I was anxious, a little scared and really didn't know what was in store for me. I held back tears as I hugged my mom goodbye knowing that, unlike kindergarten, I wouldn't be seeing her at the end of the day.
Amidst all the nerves I also felt confident and prepared to begin this next chapter in my life, and I like to think that 5 year old Alex did too. Sure she was probably going to miss preschool but I bet, on some level, she knew that she was ready for a new challenge. I see this trip as the kindergarten-equivalent for my 23 year old self.
I know 5 year old Alex was scared to go to kindergarten at first but I don't think she felt that way for long. I'm sure she quickly realized that it was where she needed to be. Big changes and new stages of life are always a little scary whether you're 5 or 23. It's not by any means easy to leave behind things and people you know and that are familiar in exchange for the different and unknown. All you can do is be brave and hope it will be worth it. This trip sure has been so far.