Compared to my first trip last year, my anticipation is much greater.
I attribute this mostly to the fact that my eyes will have the ability to be open even wider, while taking in more of the culture and the needs surrounding me. Last time, my experience was so overwhelming, yet at the same time, so rewarding that it felt like my head was constantly on a swivel and my brain on sensory overload. This year, I feel that I’m better equipped to deal with my surroundings, taking in and processing everything in a way that allows me to assess and act as a humanitarian and vehicle of God.
I’m most excited about playing with the children at Lighthouse Orphanage, interacting with the families at Stung Meachey (Garbage Dump City), installing solar panels and continuing my gardening project in Galle, Sri Lanka and just overall spending time with the residents from Sambodhi. I’m looking forward to my perspective on life changing once again and realizing that no matter what we have or don’t have, no matter where we are in the world and no matter what our capabilities are, that we are all humans and want to be loved.
“When I leave this world, I want people to be more socially and environmentally conscious; I want people to want less and love more; communicate more and spend more time outside and less in front of a computer or TV. I want people to care for others more and less about themselves. I’ve been blessed to find a vehicle in order to help guide me in this journey and encourage all my friends, family and loved ones to relentlessly search for and pursue what you want for this world when your time comes.”