This post is coming from a bit of sadness. This wonderful country has giving me so much and I’m so sad to be leaving it behind. I feel like I need to give back since it taught me so much. I was hoping to volunteer while I was here but just did not have enough time. I’m leaving two bags of clothes here though that will be donated to those less fortunate. I just don’t feel as if that’s enough.
Like I’ve said before, words simply cannot describe India. For anything that you call it, the exact opposite can also be true. India is ugly yet beautiful. India is mean but so kind and good-hearted. India is dirty but very clean. It is rich and poor. It is material but so spiritual. India is so stupid yet so smart.
The beauty of the Indian people here is that they are simply happy with what they have. They look at the people below them and feel blessed that they are not them. They realize they are lucky for what they have and do not want for more. Americans get so caught up in what they don’t have. They look at the people above them and are constantly trying to have more. This is the problem with us. Believe me, I too have fallen victim to that. I get it.
Here in India, you realize that you are not in control of your life. Things are constantly changing and moving forward. Many people here look to their faith to try to keep their control. I believe over 80% of Indians are of the Hindu faith. My family here is Hindu as well. I got to visit many beautiful temples while I was here. The most beautiful thing about Hinduism is that there are millions of paths to the divine. Yesterday while I was exploring I was in a temple witnessing one of their ceremonies of sorts. I don’t know what it was but I just start crying. Something inside of me got so stirred up. Seeing so many people truly believe in something was powerful, moving, and absolutely breath-taking.
India has touched something inside me. I have not completely figured it out quite yet what it is. It inspired me. To be better. To be nicer. To be more complete. Life is a constant struggle but this trip has truly changed me.
I’m not much with words in person and if you ask me how my trip went when I get back I’ll probably just make a lame joke about all the cows and goats.
But I encourage each and every one of you to find something that impassions you like this trip has done for me. I encourage to find something that makes you want to be better than the person you were yesterday. Most of all, I encourage you to be happy where you truly are.
I head back to the land of the free tomorrow with a full heart, an eager mind, and a wandering soul.
And so much love and good vibes to each and every single one of you.