Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Yippee! and Yikes!
Absolutely! Peace Corps is real now, not just a dream. A real continent, a real country, a real job…and a real deadline!
There’s good anxiety and bad anxiety, of course, and I’m capable of both.
I had three months to get ready, which should be ample time, but there are a million big and little things to do, like moving out of my apartment, continuing to do my job (executive director of the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association) through our fall trade show, October 8-10, and packing. That last could be the biggest anxiety of all. I earned the nickname the Earl of Luggage during a 3-day trip to Stratford years ago. But Peace Corps doesn’t want the Earl of Luggage. They have very clear size and weight restrictions. C’mon, I’m going to be gone for 27 months, and all I can take is 100 pounds?
What was that about good anxiety?
Oh, yeah, there's something that’s more like heightened anticipation, like the butterflies athletes and performers have before an event – an edge that improves their performance. Wait a minute...I used to puke before football games! YIKES!