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To me, permission to write really means giving myself permission to have others read my writing. Because, I had always written. Starting with my first-ever diary in grade school. I remember it clearly: it had a turquoise blue border, with a picture of a girl on the front (possibly Holly Hobby?), and the best part – it had a LOCK! Wow – something I could write my secret thoughts in, and no one would ever read it.
We wound our way through the mountain pass. I was navigator while Luke, my boyfriend, was driving. It was nearly dusk, which meant I was tasked with keeping an eye out for kangaroos. They like to come out and feed at this time and are often drawn to the lights of passing cars. We’d seen plenty of them on the side of the road on this trip.
As in South Africa, the braai/barbecue is a social event that is an important part of Chile’s culture. I’ve seen a music video in which a Chilean singer sings about everybody ‘parilla’-ing together exactly like the South African Braai Day songs!
Five years ago, the decision to go to college 1,000 miles away from home and everyone I knew was a little scary, but I was excited. Two years ago, I chose to go 10,000 miles away to Australia for five months to study abroad, and I was nervous. It wasn’t the nervousness most people would imagine of long flights, cultural differences, and missing friends and family.
Fear is a sensation I am most unaccustomed with. I sometimes joke that my fear threshold is broken or turned off, and that this could potentially get me into trouble, much like people whose pain indicators are faulty can hurt themselves without knowing it. Jetting off to a foreign land without a plan, jumping off [&hellip