Yes, this is a thank you letter…keep reading it if you want an ego boost…
I’m not sure how many times I can say if before it stops sounding genuine but I really do have so much to thank you for.
You have, so far (so don’t disappoint! haha) made 2011 one of the happiest times of my life.
I discovered Twitter then discovered you (in a digital non-peeping-Tom kind of way). I have got to know so many of you to the point I would call you friends (you can call me The Stalker) and shared laughs, sickness and tears through Facebook and Twitter etc. We talk about everything from you unrequited love to #chocoboobs (don’t ask!) with a whole load of nonsense in-between often causing me to laugh out loud randomly in public or spit my drink all over myself =)
But there is a more important reason to thank you aside from your everyday awesomeness…
Your excitement and encouragement for my trip has, quite frankly, amazed me 🙂 Do you know what it makes me want to do? (aside from visit every single one of you for a cuppa and a chat?!) Make this an adventure of a lifetime for you to enjoy just as much as me.
As I’ve said before, I’m not the bravest of people but I fake the confidence and eventually I’ll believe myself enough to get on the plane or take the leap into the unknown. It’s the same with Africa. Despite telling you that I plan on sitting in the Devil’s Pool, I know that I will be scared crapless before doing it and have severe hesitation BUT I will do the scary stuff because I know you’re here. I know you want the photos and to read the words I write (I mean, really, who wouldn’t – they’re always amazing right?! haha). I’ve had so many of you send me messages/tweets of encouragement telling me to go all out when I get there because you want to travel vicariously through me…it gets me really excited in a sugar-induced hyperactive kind of way 🙂
To begin with I got a bit of stage fright (and I’m pretty sure I pee’d my pants a little – JOKING….I am NOT that old people) thinking about you all paying attention to my travels. When I went to Asia last year, no one apart from friends and family were reading and I could say and do whatever I liked (….wait, I pretty much still do don’t I?!)…I now have a pretty decent-sized audience and initially that scared me. However, as I said above, it’s actually pushing me to make sure that I DO sit at the top of Victoria Falls, I DO eat bugs on a stick (because taking a photo of my face is going to be classic) and I DO have the time of my life!
I have no doubt that my writing style is going to change slightly…I am sure that every teardrop will be a waterfall (sorry, couldn’t resist the Coldplay pun). Seriously though, there are bound to be both happy and sad tears and I will share them all with you (including the snotty tissues if you like?!). That’s not to say that I won’t talk about looking like Big Bird in my bright yellow poncho or the time, I have no doubt, that things went wrong in the squat toilet but just prepare for some philosophical speak and have a box of tissues by your computer just in case you shed a tear or, you know, spill your bottle of alcohol.
I have spent the last 3 days (and about to spend my last night) in a pub having various send-offs with different people (and have yet to pack!!) and today got a call at work from someone unexpected just wishing me a good trip and telling me how he was looking forward to reading about my adventure (as you have all done). It makes me all warm and fuzzy (don’t worry, I’ve already had my bikini wax!) and it feels as though this is as much your journey as it is mine.
So thank you dear reader.
Thank you for your words of encouragement and drunken wisdom.
Thank you for keeping me calm or making me laugh when I began to freak out over what lay ahead of me.
And more importantly; THANK YOU FOR MAKING ME PUSH MYSELF.
We are T minus 24 HOURS and I can’t wait to share my journey with you….