As the summer is coming to a close, I have been trying to cram in some more adventures before my time is consumed by senior year. This summer I have not spent much time at home doing nothing which is something I am very proud and happy to say. This summer has been full with many good memories and experiences that have changed my life. Here are a few recent highlights of the final couple weeks of my summer.
While in Mexico on a mission trip with my church a few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to work with a program called Life in the Canyon, located near a dump in Tijuana. Years ago a community formed surrounding and within the dump because people would go to the dump to gather things that they needed and attempt to sell some metal. While there we distributed groceries to specific houses within the community and also brought water to peoples homes.
As of today it has been a week since I have eaten meat. This is something I have never done in my life and those who know me well know that I love meat. This was a new eating habit I chose to try out for a week because I am aware of the animal cruelty that is involved in meat production. I also made this choice based on sustainability and the feed conversion ratio. Eating vegetarian is a way of taking a step towards a more environmental friendly diet and something I wanted to try.
Over the past four days I have been very busy volunteering at my church for the annual Vacation Bible Camp. This is something I have done for five years now, and every year has been a new learning experience.
Something I have only become aware of recently is how misused the word “America” or “American” is. I have only ever heard the word “America” being used in reference to the United States and the word “American” only ever used to describe someone from the United States. When speaking with some of the high school students from Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador, it was made aware to me just how ignorant it is to use those terms in reference to things solely centered around the United States.
After returning from Ecuador, I have been struck with a time of great reflection in my life. I thought this blog could become a place for me to do just that- dump my words somewhere that may help me process my thoughts on life better.