To travel is to take a journey into yourself.
— Danny Kaye
Today I leave for Uganda as the next Noble-Watoto Fellow to help with the Watoto sustainable agriculture project. It has been a stressful past few days getting everything packed and ready to go and preparing to say goodbye to my husband. Saying goodbye to him has been the hardest part. We are newly married, which has probably made it so difficult to leave. All of this has left me with a lot of mixed emotions. I am extremely excited to go but sad to leave.
All that aside, I know this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me, and I am extremely grateful for the chance to go. I know there will be some difficulties (as with anything in life), but I'm looking forward to experiencing a culture so different from my own and going somewhere so far out of my comfort zone. I know these next couple of months are going to be a time for personal growth and learning for me, as well. It is still unclear how exactly, but I am excited for that uncertainty. It feels like the possibilities for change and growth are endless at this point, and I like that.
I love quotes, and I think Danny Kaye (American actor) put it really well: "To travel is to take a journey into yourself." I believe that this trip will not only allow me to help where there is a need but it will allow me to journey into myself and discover things I never knew.
Hilary Gibson is a 2015 Noble-Watoto Fellow working at Watoto Child Care Ministries in Uganda. Gibson is from Shawnee, Oklahoma, and has one more semester left in the master of international agriculture program at Oklahoma State University, where she focuses on trade and ethics.