The soldiers on our trip really left an impression on me and I was struggling rather hard after they left. Thankfully our Israeli came up to me and easily convinced me to extend my trip. It didn’t take long for me to realize that, that was what I wanted and instead of waiting for my parents yay or nay, I simply made my “i’m 21 years-old” decision and called and organized everything to extend my trip a few days longer. Our sweet Israeli leader told me that I would be able to stay with her and that she would show me around more and I could experience another Shabbat in Israel!!! After I made my decision, around 8-10 more people decided to extend their trip as well! I felt good after making my decision and although I don’t have much money now, I’m not worried, because I am rich in memories and that’s more important to me. For the first time since my accident, I felt like I am really growing up and able to make my own good decisions. I can be my own person. I don’t have to do everything my parents want.
That night our group went out to a club on the port of Tel Aviv and I had so much fun dancing the night away with my roommates! Its already a change to be experiencing Israel without our soldiers.