Do you wanna know what the best feeling to receive and give is? Negativity. Ha, just kidding. I meant to say the feeling that is all gushy and warmish inside. Yep, it’s love. I’ve never felt so loved by so many people before.
I lived for 10 days in Guatemala with a bunch of young adults all with different personalities and passions. We completed service projects, went on crazy adventures, and ate way too many tacos.
At first I was thinking, “eww, love…this is dumb! I don’t like this, please stop talking about this, blah blah…’’ but after the end of the week I was feeling the love and bursting with happiness (“lovey” and happy are NOT the two words most use to describe me… ask anyone). Hence, the huge smile on my face.
I learned so much from this one powerful feeling. When you feel the love I felt from the Guatemalan people, you want to be better. Unless your the Grinch, there’s no way you could feel bad or do wrong when you know your 100% accepted and loved by everyone around you. Why can’t that be how it is everywhere you go?
I think the service projects we participated in were the root of the good experiences I had. It’s crazy how service can grow you and bring you closer to others! Even if you didn’t like that person at first, doing something nice for them will probably end up making you buddies – and that’s what happened to me.
I’m gonna be honest, I don’t think of others before myself as much as I should; being selfish is a STRUGGLE, am I right? However, when I spent everyday around kids that were actually interested in ME – not the fake Mariah, just ME – I stopped thinking about myself and more about connecting with people. I saw what real friends are. They love the little things you do that make you who you are. They don’t care if you play a certain sport, and I never needed to put on an act to appear better than I really am. They just loved ME. 🙂
I’m so happy I got to go on this trip! I’ve grown more than I thought I could. Now I’m going to learn Spanish so I can go back and not feel like an idiot. 🙂
-Your girl Riah