Every life begins with a birth, and ends with a death. Everyone will get to the end eventually, but the exciting part happens along the way. There are an unbelievable number of roads to take, and yet everyone forges a new path; they define their life and they decide how to get to the end. I understand a bit about my path and where I am headed, but I want to understand where everyone else is going. While standing on my road I can remember where I have been and yet only see a little bit ahead of me. But for every fellow traveler that I cross paths with I will learn from their journey and use their experiences to shape my future experiences. I recently met a fork in my road: to college, or not to college? That was the question. I suppose it is pretty clear as to which path I chose now but not too long ago it was quite a difficult decision. It really came down to if I wanted to make a difference now, or later. I figured going to college would help me, but wouldn’t really help others yet. And I’ll get there one day, so why rush!? Without a doubt, I know that I have made the right decision to go to Senegal, and I’m sure that it will be a long 8 months away from home, but this is really just the beginning. I’m not too worried about it all because I heard this nice little saying once: “You can get anywhere that you want, one footstep at a time.” And that is my plan: to keep on stepping!
My Road to Senegal
About Samuel Normington
Sam is passionate about working with children, sailing and music. He loves adventure, exploring new places and taking photographs. As a Brit living in the San Francisco Bay Area he has enjoyed growing up in such a diverse area and he is looking forward to meeting more people from a different culture. He has tutored elementary-age students as well as helped older students graduate from high school. During his time in Senegal, Sam hopes to make life long friends, experience the world and learn more about himself in the process.