12 Days to Go: Expectations

I have just 12 days left until I embark on what I hope will be the adventure of my lifetime. Where exactly am I going, you may ask? The holy land, the land of milk and honey, a place I am excited to call my home: ISRAEL. For those of you who don’t know already, or who have somehow stumbled across this blog randomly, I will be spending the next 6 months abroad. 5 of these glorious months will be spent in Israel, and the other month (or longer, depending on my mood) has yet to be determined.

This morning I had a Skype call with one of the program directors; she asked me about myself and my expectations for going on this program. What exactly am I expecting? That’s a great question. Of course I’m expecting to get work experience, which will in turn make my job search when I return easier. This much has already been promised – a 4-month internship to gain work experience. But other than that, I don’t really have clear-cut expectations. Yes, I hope that I’ll enjoy the field I’ll be working in, so I have a greater understanding of what exactly I should do with my life. I hope to make friends from all around the world. I hope to explore the country of Israel in a way I haven’t before. Overall, though, I’m just expecting to enjoy myself. What other expectation could I set?

If I were to set my expectations too high, or have too many expectations, it could deter from the experience. One of my favorite examples of this philosophy is when my family and I went river rafting in Alaska. To say that my dad was not too keen on this activity would be an understatement. But as soon as we set out into the water, he was laughing and having the best time of all of us. Now I’m not saying that he only enjoyed this because his expectations were low, but I do believe that since they were so low to begin with, he had the most to gain from it. Perhaps if he’d set his expectations at an astronomical height, he wouldn’t have loved it as much as he did, or maybe he would have even been let down. This example is definitely one of the reasons why I haven’t set too many definitive expectations for this experience. In certain situations, I’ve found it is better to just go with the flow and see where life takes me.

So where does this leave me currently? Well, I still have about a week and a half to figure out logistics and packing and all that fun stuff. A week and half of waiting, wondering what my time in Israel will be like. I can’t wait to see how this adventure unfolds.

-Girl in Los Angeles 🙂

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