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Finally, the journey that I have been preparing myself for since that special April evening has begun. All the waiting and frantic running around to get this vaccine and that visa has ended up with me on the airport floor preparing myself for a 9+ hour flight. One would think that after packing up and heading off to Hong Kong two years ago, I’d be prepared for this, but the truth is, I’m just as nervous/excited/anxious as I was the first time. Only difference is there is a lot less sadness and more worry.
I really haven’t the slightest clue what to expect from the coming weeks and to be honest, I have questioned whether this was the right decision. I mean, for a guy who had been planning on leaving in my senior year of high school in Zimbabwe to go to college in the US, it’s rather funny that 2 years later I’ve decided to take a gap year. I can safely say that I never would have predicted all of this two years ago. It’s times like this that I realise just how important the support of my family is. The support I’ve received has really been a saving grace from the beginning and I’m glad that I do have such a support system to keep me focused on doing what I challenge myself to.
Till then, 再见 (zai jian – Goodbye in Chinese)。
About Munyaradzi Munyati
Munya is passionate about Media, Communications and Sports. He is involved in Initiative For Peace, a conflict management program which works with youth from conflicted regions in South East Asia, as well as Writing and Photography. He also really enjoys learning languages and outdoor activities. He is inspired by his family and his goals for the year are to become fluent in Spanish, to become an active member of the global community and to be able to take all he will learn back to his country. His favorite quote is "Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, then it's not the end."