When I agreed to leave Earth for Ayanna, I didn't know what I was choosing. The recruiters told me that Ayanna was Earth's twin in a different plane of existence. They made it clear that our worlds were very similar physically, but that that's where the parallels ended. They explained quishing, healing fields and lifebonds, and that their entire planet had a single society. They tried to explain. They really did.
It didn't help. Arriving on Ayanna was still a shock, and a year later, I'm still amazed and appalled by life here.
More preparation wouldn't have mattered. I was choosing much more than which planet to live on. I was deciding what kind of life I wanted. Did I want a solitary existence on a familiar world or a fresh start on an alien one where I'd help an entire race continue its evolution?
It was a no-brainer.
I chose Ayanna.
The longer I'm here, the more I realize how much the Ayannans will need to learn to reach their goal. Much to my surprise, my life on Earth prepared me to teach them a lot of what they need to know.
When I arrived, I had no idea just how hard and how wonderful it would be. But I know now, and while being the only human here is hard, I want to teach the Ayannans about unconditional love.
The only question that remains is what will happen to me if they don't like the lessons I have to teach.