Live in the Moment

So I know that 10 days into my travels is a little late to be telling my family this but for the record, I MADE IT AND IM SAFE! I have had the most amazing experiences here I can’t even begin to describe it. My battle against spicy foods is now over, I have learned how to shave my legs without cutting any of my twenty four mosquito bites, and I have accepted the fact that i have to share my sleeping quarters with spiders, lizards, mice, and flies. Oh and the children here are amazing too! They are all stunning! Their eagerness to learn is truly motivational and I feel i have learned so much from watching these children. Even though the people here are all a lot smaller in size then me I look up to them. They are so happy and welcoming. I had the amazing opportunity to visit some of the homes of the kids in my village school. As soon as we approached their one room huts we were welcomed with open arms and offered coconuts, rice, guava, and anything else they could offer. Even though we had just met these families they already loved us and told us we were welcome in their homes anytime (I might have to take up that offer.)

Today was a bittersweet day. We had to say goodbye to the children knowing we will most likely never see them again. It was amazing to me to see the bonds that were made in such a short amount of time. These children were so willing to open their hearts for us and in return the friendships made were unforgettable. I will never forget little Snigdah, Baby Das, and Rima Ray from our village school and Sampa, Sumona, Purnima, Konka, and Roni from the day boarding school. They will always have a place in my heart. As a gift i made them all matching bracelets as well as one for me so that we will always be connected.

Tomorrow we leave for Tiger camp. Even though i am very sad to leave Nishtha and our village I am excited to embark on our next adventure. Being here in India has taught me to live in the moment and appreciate everything life has to offer.

Mom and dad: I miss you guys so much and am so thankful for the life you have provided for me. You have taught me that i have the power to make anything out of my life and i am so thankful for that perspective. Thanks for always being there for me even when i am being a grumpy teenager. Love you guys! I am who i am today because of you!

Emily: I hope you are having fun in Arizona :) :) :) I am so proud of you and the way you have handled yourself this year. You have no idea how much i look up to you and strive to be just like you. Your not only my sister but my best friend!

Mayzie: I hope your still keeping the family company while im gone. Despite what mom says she really does love it when you sleep on her bed.

Friends: I don’t know how i would get through my highschool years without you guys. The girls here have taught me about the power of friendship and have made me realize that i should never take a good friend for granted!

Hannah Young