According to my boss, next week is Peace Corps Week.  He encouraged us to share experiences and such, perhaps using our blog as a means to give some insight into our lives as Peace Corps Volunteers.  But that’s what I do every week.  Instead, I’ll be promoting “Do Something You’re Scared To Do Week.”  After all, I don’t think there is a Peace Corps Volunteer out there that would tell you they were anything less than terrified as they stepped onto that plane and ventured into a world unknown.

Leaving everything and moving around the world is an extreme example and it might not be for everyone. But everyone does have his or her own version of the Peace Corps Fear.  That thing that you think you can do, that you want to do, that you need to do, but that you haven’t done yet.  There might be any number of fears holding each of us back, but the most obvious is uncertainty.  How can we be sure the decision we make is the correct one?  We can’t.  Of course, there are precautions you can take.  I’m not encouraging stupidity.  But chances are, once you’ve got the facts and figures laid out in front of you there will still be a decision to make.

Doing something scary is invigorating, refreshing, a reminder that you’re alive. It is clarifying to the extreme.  The famous naturalist John Burroughs said, “leap, and the net will appear.”  So according to him, all you’ve got left to do is jump.

Someone once told me that the difference between PCVs and other people is that we got on the plane.  But you can get on your plane too. Do it this week!  Don’t wait any longer.  Forget about Peace Corps Week; Opt instead for the more amped up version.  I can tell you from personal experience that once you’re in the air, you can’t even remember why you were scared in the first place.


One comment on “DSYSTD Week

  1. Kris McGuckin ( a Villanova Wildcat) says:

    Hi Katheryn,
    I found your blog the day after our son told us he had gotten his PC assignment. Eithopia. Evan was very excited and always has been about joking the Corp. my husband Michael & I excited for him, but not about Eithopia. We thought of eithopia as a disease ridden, barren, dangerous & starving country. Your blog shed some light on our misconceptions & made us feel better than terrible! Our son is graduating in the honors education & special program from Widener ( a school outside phila). His assignment is teaching English at either a primary school or at a teachers college. I’m guessing from your blog, that you do that as well although your assignment is not edu. So my assumption is that everyone does everything to help the community?
    Our many questions revolve around safety issues, money, especially Since atm’s don’t recognize foreign accounts, what if your nearest office or PCV is miles away & you don’t have cell reception, how many areas don’t have cell reception or Internet connection? What carrier do you use or do you pick up a phone there? Trust me I know you are very busy and this might seem like an attack but any info you can share will help. We have 3 sons. One in law school, one a jr. at Villanova and Evan is graduating. We live outside of phila & all the boys live at school. We re very happy empty nesters, but the boys are just a phone call or short ride away. Until now. I was going to have trouble letting go anyway but this is especially hard. I would greatly appreciate any and all stories, things you wished you had known or things you wish you had packed or things to leave home. His departure date is June 15th.
    Thanks for your blog! It’s really informative and inspiring.
    Hope your having a great day or a good nights sleep and I hope I haven’t scared you off with my questions. I’m just being a Mom 🙂
    Look forward to hearing more about your adventures, & thank you
    Kris McGuckin

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