Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Carpe Diem, baby!

Pretty much anyone involved in any kind of language and literature study program has seen "Dead Poets' Society"; I think it must be a written rule somewhere. Who doesn't love Robin Williams ripping up textbooks and dancing around inspiring his students to "carpe diem!" or "seize the day!"

It seems pretty standard for people who have had life-altering trauma to suddenly adopt this "live life to the fullest" attitude. When I had my first round of illness 3 years ago, I didn't really feel like that though. But this past year of illness has really instilled in me that time is precious.

So with that said, I'm pleased to make an announcement that's been in the works for a while now. On June 1st I'll be headed to Brazil! Don't worry, I do have a return ticket and the full support of my doctors. My goals for this time are to study the language, try to get to know the culture in a more realistic sense, and work with the church-- a trial run of sorts to see if a longer term career in Brazil is something I really want or would be able to do effectively.

This shouldn't come as a shock; if you really know me, you know that I've been trying to get back to Brazil since the day I came back the last time. I wanted to live in Brazil pretty much since the first time I went in 2001, and took steps to do so after I graduated. But God closed the door to Brazil and opened the door to Japan, so I went there. But since that chapter has ended and Brazil's still on my heart, I'm going to see what happens. Maybe this is just something I have to get out of my system, but if it is, I have to get it out of my system. If I don't try it, I'll regret it forever.

Some of you know I've been talking about this for months, really. But I wanted to wait til all my chicks hatched before I counted them. :) And yesterday when my visa arrived, I knew everything should be in place. So, Lord willing, June 1st I'm setting out. Two weeks from tomorrow! :) To say I'm excited would be a gross understatement... I'm glowing!!!

10 comments:

Karen said...

That's great, Ann! Where in Brazil?

Mark and Kelly said...

Yatta! The family's here, so they've filled us in on your plan. It sounds great! I'm so glad that you're ready for this new chapter. I guess since we can't see you at Mito church or in Edmond, we'll have to see you in Brasil sometime;) I'm looking forward to hearing about more of your adventures! (and when I listen to Ella singing Jobim, I'll think of you--obrigada).

mandy said...

this is awesome, ann! i'm so excited for you! and yes... i'm living the carpe diem way of life after last year. it's a switch from my usual, calculated approach but i'm loving it. i, too, look forward to hearing of your adventures. you are one amazing girl...

Jason Fry said...

Great to hear it! I'm glad you're feeling better, glad you're able to serve God the way you feel called to, and glad for the people you'll meet and influence in Brazil.

God bless.

Leah said...

Yay, Ann--I am so excited for you (and a little jealous).

As for American Idol, I didn't even get to see it tonight (which maybe was good, so I wouldn't cry also). Jason and I taught Bible class tonight so missed it. I am so sad to see Elliott go, but he came a long way and I hope that he will be successful. I don't even care about watching it next week. So, so sad!

M&C said...

How exciting! That's awesome. It's been good to check in on you via your blog and see how you're doing. Enjoy yourself. Thanks for your e-visit. I look forward to reading what Brazil has in store for you.

mistymoo said...

You really are one of the most amazing people I've ever met. Much love and Chow-Chow (the phonetic spelling, anyway)!

jojo said...

Congratulations! And thanks for sharing a little of your life and how God has worked during the trials as well as during the victories.

יהוה ישמרך מכל רע ישמר את נפשך
YHVH will sustain you through all danger He will sustain your soul
יהוה ישמר צאתך ובואך מעתה ועד עולם
YHVH keep you whenever you go out and whenever you come in from this moment and forever more. (Psalm121:7/8)

crittermer said...

You know what I'm going to say: Rock on!!!!!!!!!!! You're going to have a blast!

friend said...

you are fearless and brave. go.