I have been so glad at how supportive all my friends and family have been. They say you can choose your friends, but not your family. But in my case, I wouldn’t choose differently! My friends, family and especially my parents have always been totally supportive of me.
They are worried about the logistical feasibility of the mission, and that they would miss me, but everyone has also been extremely excited and fascinated by this proposed adventure. My parents likened the mission to that of our ancestors who left dire times and all the people they had ever known in Europe to come to South Africa, with no idea of what challenges lay ahead and no chance of affording a return trip. I must have this sense of adventure in my blood.