I’m doing it. I am getting on a plane and I am travelling to foreign land. I am going to a country where they speak a different language. I am going to a place where the culture differs from the one that I’ve grown to know. I am getting on a plane all by myself at age 21 and I am starting a new life and a new generation as an Israeli woman. I am nervous and anxious to begin the process. But, the excitement for what I am about to accomplish far outweighs the nerves and anxiety. It was explained to me that most women at the age of 30 wouldn’t even attempt to do what I’m going to do. I am proud of myself. I am a survivor. I am a hard worker.
I was in New York City the other day to complete my Aliyah process by leaving the shelliach my passport, so that I could receive my Israeli passport to begin my journey. We stopped to get a hot pretzel; the woman behind the counters English was less than adequate. I told my mother to be patient because I knew that this would be me in a few months. I am not scared I am PROUD. I am doing this. I am young and light years ahead of the game. I will learn the language, and I will learn the customs. I will be amazing. And I cannot wait to begin!