Everyone keeps asking me questions, and they all fall under the same theme: Are you ready?
In my sort of stubborn fashion, without hesitation, I answer, “Of course.” I often say nothing more, nothing less.
I’m confident in my answer. When I look at the alternative, staying in Jacksonville, I think an important piece of my life would be suppressed– my sense wonder. Staying in Jacksonville would be safe, easy, and for me, boring. To stay means that I am not willing to chase my dreams. It means that I am allowing fear to overtake me. But what is trully scarry, is staying here. For now, my future is elsewhere, and being here should scare me.
So yes, when asked If I’m ready, in a SpongeBob SquarePants kind of attitude, I can confidently say, “I’m ready.” I am ready for the opportunity to do something meaningful. I am ready to meet wonderful people. I am ready to live abroad. I am ready to make my first step after undergrad. I am ready for the oppurtunity to teach. I am ready for this adventure. But, this won’t all be easy. So, I am also ready for the shock of a new culture, the struggle of a new language. I welcome the inevitable lonely stints and the resilence required of me. And for the physical distance that separates me from those who I love.
This won’t be easy, but nothing worthwhile is? My name is Chandler Williams and I am ready to become a United States Peace Corps Volunteer.