Having spent the past week training the new MFB advisor, I’m finally free!! Free, that is, to try to scramble and finish all of the side projects I’ve wanted to do here but never had the time. Free to work out some last kinks to the model before I hand it over to our new (but not yet arrived) Program Developer, and foremost free to visit each of our MF communities a last few times and start saying my goodbyes.
We talk about “impact” in this organization a LOT, and it’s a tricky term when you think about it. To be in a place, in a context for a year and work to make that one little corner of the world better for the people who interact in it (local and foreign, communities and volunteers), is an all-consuming process, but a highly rewarding one in the end (for reasons I could go on and on about, but not now).
Have I learned the lessons I came here to learn? Of course, and many more I was not expecting, but there’s always that longing to stick around in a place once you’re truly comfortable, when you feel like you’ve got it figured out. Over the course of only a year and a half or so, I will have said a number of big goodbyes. Goodbye to Berkeley and my life there, goodbye to Ghana and my crazy life here, and now I head back to California for a short sojourn to help my family say goodbye to our home of the past 10 years and goodbye to our OC lives there. By some point next year (or earlier), I will have said goodbye to all the places I’ve ever called “home” and be heading back to a very different “home,” back to Colombia. Back to my roots, you could say.