First Month

Last night, I was overlooking Tel Aviv from my brother’s apartment in Givat Shmuel, a wonderful neighborhood across the road from Bnei Brak and Petach Tikva. I was thinking about everything that has happened in the past month, and I believe that these thoughts are worth sharing:

Last month, I moved from my comfortable life in Dunwoody Georgia, a quiet and peaceful suburb of Atlanta, to the hectic, cramped, and insane lifestyle that is Israel, one of the most hotly disputed, both politically and physically, pieces of land in the world. I went from watching TV, playing video games, and enjoying summer, to being hired for a job that I had no prior experience in at a company that I knew little about. I rolled out of my warm and homey bed and walked out of my own spacious room in Atlanta into a continuous swapping of beds, rooms, and apartments all over Israel. I went from speaking only English to attempting to learn a language and culture that I was clueless about. My life has been turned upside down in every way possible. Most people come out of this experience a little shaken, tired, and dizzy, but I have come out reinvigorated.

 

That job that I was not equipped to do has become news of the past. I have gone from my initial position in quality assurance to automating workflow and increasing the efficiency of the QA team. I have learnt to write software for a whole host of platforms and needs in a single month. I have found a bed that I can always drop into at night, even though I am still looking for a pillow. I am no longer alone and without friends, I have met people from all over the country and am still branching out. My Hebrew is getting better, up the point that I can confidently order food at restaurants. I have had a ton on minor victories, some setbacks, but a whole bunch of experiences that have changed me for the better, and they have all happened in a single month.

 

Next month, I am starting at a Yeshiva where I know noone, where Hebrew is the only spoken language, and where 6 hours of sleep per night is considered average. I am more than excited. I do not expect to have only success for the next year, but I know that whatever happens, I will grow and learn from the experience. There are not many kids who do what I have done. It is a road hardly traveled, but I have my family to thank for giving me the courage and support to set me on this path. I realize that without the massive safety net that my parents have spread out below me, I might have crashed and burned a long time ago. I am being set up for success by those who truly love me, and I could not be more grateful.

 

Everything that has happened is because my mom and dad have poured their hearts and souls into making a world where I can prosper. Everything that is bound to happen is only on the horizon because my parents have placed it there. I love and appreciate them more than they can possibly know. I hope that I will do great things, but I would have never gotten into the position to make a difference without them, so I can only say thank you. Thank you for pushing me. Thank you for giving me the confidence to go after my crazy dreams. Thank you for supporting me in everything that I do. Thank you for this last month and thank you for the next year. I am hopeful about my future and have noone to thank more than you.