I just finished reading “The Alchemist” by: Paulo Choelo about a week ago, and I must say my timing for reading this inspiring book couldn’t have been better. As those who know me are aware of, I am making a move to San Francisco on my own, and I literally married my South African Husband a few weeks ago. He cannot come with me and I must set up everything on my own.
According to the U.S. Government, I must meet strict requirements, such as steady employment for three months that can support the two of us above the poverty line, as well as a place of residence with a lease in my name. It does not matter that we have lived together for two years or that we are married. I must prove that he will not be a cost to my government. This doesn’t even include the exorbitant costs that a lawyer and visa fees will incur. Welcome the fuck home newlyweds!
I am anxious, of course. I am scared, yes. I am excited to see my friends and family. I am beyond joyful that I am returning to the land of high-speed, unlimited bandwidth internet, amazing shopping, Mexican food, current television and movies, safe and efficient public transport, and that I will be able to walk just about wherever I want, whenever I like and that I no longer have to shit myself when I forget to lock a door. Bye Bye electric fences, 10ft walls, barbed wire, key tags and crazy crowded kombi taxis.
Despite the excitement and things I wont miss, there are several things that I will long for- I will miss my new friends, my job, my new family, my new home. I will be sad that there will be no more rotis, samoosas, gorgeous views, amazing hiking, stunning wine lands or amazing beaches. I may even miss the simplicity and lack of attachment I have to technology here. I will miss Jakkalsfontein. Eastern Cape, I think part of my soul resides with you. This has become my home and I no longer walk with fear or intimidation here. Perhaps I am tougher than I was when I arrived.
Such a mix of emotion and anticipation. I know I will succeed because I am one who believes in the power of my mind and spirit. My mind and spirit scream from their very depths, that this is what I am meant to do. That I am capable and all will turn out the way it is meant to.
“The Alchemist” just reaffirmed the way I was feeling.
Passages from the novel I found inspiring: