08/07/2016: Los Fines

Well, it’s finally here: the end.  Technically speaking, my YAV year ended last Sunday/Monday, but suffice it to say, my past week has been absolutely crazy.  I left at about 7 am CST last Monday and drove from New Orleans to just north of Birmingham.  At that point, I needed gas and food.  So, filled up my car and drove to the Arby’s next door.  After finishing with lunch, I got in the car and realized there was something wrong with my car: it wasn’t shifting right.  So, after getting it to the repair shop, I found out the shift cable had broken.  The next day, as they were fixing that, they figured out that the shifting rod was completely rusted through, as was the entire transmission.  As a result, my father drove through the night to pick me up.  So, after two days in Alabama, hoping and praying that my car would be fixed, my dad sold the car, we reloaded all of my stuff into his car, and we drove the 700+ mile journey home.  So ends the story of my car.

After getting home, I spent the whole next day unpacking and putting things in their proper places.  I can’t remember a time when I ever unpacked that quickly, but I was fairly impressed.  Regardless, later that day, my sweetheart came over and I finally got to introduce her to my parents.  Admittedly, I was a little nervous, since it was very important to me that it go well, but it went over better than I could have asked.  They like her as much as her parents like me, and I couldn’t ask for it to have happened any other way. 🙂  Anyway, she and I also got to go on a date last night to see one of my high school friends in “Beauty and the Beast.”  It was a great night, and I just hope we have many more dates as special as last night.

Anyway, now starts the process of finding a new car, work, health insurance, and all those great little things you have to do to be an adult.  My journey as a YAV has ended, and my new journey as an adult is just beginning.  Where this journey will lead me is yet to be seen, but hopefully it leads to bigger and brighter things than I can imagine, just as my YAV year did.  Again, thank you all for following me through my journey.  I can only hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have.  As always, may God bless you in all you do.

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