My friends and I often talk about how our Peace Corps service and marriage are so similar. “I’m married to the Peace Corps,” we’ll jokingly say. Interestingly, I can’t find a better analogy.
We commit ourselves to 27 months of service, but there’s a catch, you can leave at any time. That’s right. The door is there everyday staring you in the face. You have to have the courage to remind yourself of the faith, the hope and the passion that led you to there in the first place. And you know what, it’s not always easy. Actually, I’d argue to say that it’s usually filled with more difficult moments than easy ones.
After some lost love and an almost divorce from my Peace Corps service, I’ve realized this about life, marriage, love and being married to the Peace Corps: You have to wake up every day and say, “I choose you.”
You must say it on the days when you’re red in the face and want to scream, and especially on the days when you want to walk out the most. It’s in those moments that you must find the courage to stay, because it matters. It really really does, and if you walk away, there will be a twinge of regret for not riding through it. You can’t run away from this. Instead, you have to sit with it long enough to remember why you’re here in the first place.
I think, after some time, your heart will lead you to exactly the place you need to be. But first, admit that you’re already there. Wake up everyday, and through smiles, laughter, or tears, say, “I choose you.”
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