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The Last One

Well, two years have come and gone. I can hardly believe it.


These past two years have certainly been some of the most challenging and rewarding, but certainly very formative. I am not the same person that I was when I left the States on May 1st, 2012.


Some of my favorite moments have been more or less mundane activities. Going fishing or to a farm. Playing with kids. Playing ultimate (obviously). Doing laundry. Cutting the grass. I suppose that’s because going fishing was really spear fishing river crawfish, doing laundry was beating clothes with a wooden paddle and I trimmed my lawn with a machete, not a lawn mower.


I’ve had a fair share of adventure as well. Like getting stung by a sting ray and getting infected with flesh-eating bacteria. Cramming myself and two 12-year olds on a bus that was already beyond-full and forcing them to sits on the laps of random adults so we could get to camp on time. Explaining to children what a “pool” was and that, no, you can not bring soap or shampoo in the pool to bathe. Explaining what a shower is. Explaining how to use hot water in a shower.


I’ve had a really difficult time trying to sum up the last two years into just a few sentences. Because the projects, the work, adventures and proud moments, they were all an important part of the last two years, but they aren’t the heart of the last two years. What I’ve learned is that everything we do and work for, all our seemingly large problems and achievements are actually trivial. What is important, is the relationships you have and forster and the way you treat other people.


“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

– Maya Angelou


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