Leaving for my service trip, I ached knowing I was also leaving my addictions: my phone, computer, social media, video games, and the regularity of our environment. I left the “black and white” for the “gray”. However I was about to realize, that leaving those things opened my eyes to the humanity around me. The thin and sleek nature of our technology masks an impenetrable cloak of our own minds that we rarely notice. We don’t know what we don’t see, but I am infinitely grateful I removed the self-obsessed blindfold for the week I went on my service trip. I would have never seen what I saw, in the way I did.
Going to see the justice issues on a service trip was quite a unique experience. The closest thing I can equate it to is seeing the back of your head for the first time. You know it’s there for whatever reason, but you can never really see it until you go out of your way to do so. The real problem though, is that I was blindly accepting it until I saw the proof myself. A question sprints through my mind, “how could I have gone my entire life not seeing this when it was there the entire time?”
Once I saw these issues affecting people negatively, a unique juxtaposition of emotion emulated. My heart aches for people who struggle in ways that I could never imagine going through. But there are these moments where people make something from nothing, a beauty of the human condition. It is this essence that I held onto, and now I see the world differently from this experience. The little things matter. We just want to be happy, and search for the solution. In the end, people are just trying to make it through this place we call Earth, dazed and confused, while looking for the match to light their darkness.
After the week of my Calhoun City, Mississippi service trip, I feel a new spark within me.
Class of 2016
FBSJT 2014 Trip Participant
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