Switching from squad B to Squad C was a tough switch like I mentioned in part 1. The process of switching from one family to the another family made me realize something about myself. When you sign up for the World Race and after you get accepted, you are invited to a Facebook group with everyone on your squad. In this group we get to know each other, encourage and pray for each other.
I love how technology brings lives together, distance is suddenly this obsolete thing. Distance does not matter when it comes to the internet. We used video chatting to get to know each other, it was really awesome to see everyones face. It was really comforting knowing, that when arriving at Training Camp I would know a bunch of people already. Technology brought our relationships to a level that couldn't be done otherwise.
What I learned about myself, is that I rely on technology a little too much. When I heard they were looking for team members for Squad C, I was inclined to switch (this was God's nudge, hindsight is 20/20). I never did switch because I was too selfish, my relationship with the people on B squad was too big, and I really really wanted to go to Ireland. When I had to switch Squads at Training Camp, I was a bit apprehensive, I would have to rebuild these relationships again. How do you start a relationship without technology? Technology was my barrier, a way to escape if things got awkward. You controlled how fast things would move along. I relied on technology as the ice breaker and a way to start relationships. The first time i realized this, I took a look back on my life to see how true this was...
When living in Kelowna, I used twitter to find friends, and start the relationships. The relationships I made there are invaluable and taught me a lot of things. Back in high school I used Facebook to talk to the girl I liked the most, but when it came to face to face conversation I froze, I could open up online, but in person I was a closed book, evan after months of talking online and seeing each other in class everyday...
Technology became my crutch, it became my hiding place.
God used switching squads as a way to show me that I needed to work on this, and He threw me right into the pit to fight it, right into the middle of a ring with the lions bearing down on me. Guess what, I came out with some awesome friends, a new family, I started relationships with people that are going to impact my life in ways only God knows, without using technology.
Technology is a great place to meet people, to find friends, but when it gets to the point where it's the only way you can start relationships. That is when it becomes a problem. I am now aware of this and I am and will always keep it in check.