January 29, 2015

The weather today was gloomy which kind of matches my mood. I have been dealing with such a mix of emotions. It’s a battle in my head between what I miss at home vs. what I’m going to miss here. I hung out with Mauricio today at the orphanage, one of the little boys that I connected with early on in the trip. He is definitely the one I will miss the most. He touched my life in ways I can’t express and I can only hope that I touched his as well. Even though tomorrow is my last day there I had to say goodbye to Emilia because she will not be there tomorrow. She gave me a certificate to thank me for all of my help at the orphanage. I felt silly being praised for what I have done there when I am the person who will be forever grateful to have crossed paths with all of these beautiful souls. Before I left, Emi said “Espero quenuestros caminos se cruzan en el futuro.’ meaning “I hope our paths cross again in the future.” I have definitely thought about coming back here at some point in my life.

I’m not quite sure sure why but this journal entry has left me in tears. In so many ways I have seen myself grow and mature in ways I never knew were possible. I also think a huge reason of why I am so emotional is because because I am so proud of myself. This trip changed my life in more ways than I can explain. Although it sounds cliche, I could not have asked for anything more. Tomorrow is my last full day here which I am sure is going to leave me with a mix of emotions. More tomorrow…

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