My Heart is in the Himalayas - Adam Neff

Adam Neff: My heart is in the Himalayas

    Where do I start?so much has happened since I stepped into the Salt Lake City airport last Thursday.India is so amazing and beautiful; from my room, I can see four gorgeous mountains.Every time I walk out onto the balcony from my room, I am amazed. When you look down, the streets are dirty, it smells like fire and burning food, and all you can hear are horns, people and dogs. But when you look up, all the noise, all the dirtiness, all the chaos melts away in an instance and you are taken by the sheer beauty of the Himalayas.

    We started at the schools on Monday and honestly, it has been rough. Kids are crazy! They have their own idea of what is going to happen. It gives me a new respect for teachers and parents. Thank you mom and dad.. There is no way I was easy to raise. However, I think i might also now understand why teachers teach and parents raise children. At the end of the day, we have a story time led by one of us to the whole school. The other “teachers” sit with the kids and it is an amazing feeling when you sit down and ten kids literally run to you to sit on your lap. When you are trying to get the kids to understand a word or phrase and they finally get it, I just want to wrap them up in a hug and congratulate them over and over again. I can’t even explain the feeling. But I can say this, at the end of the day; all the frustration, all the tiredness of kids not listening is worth it.

     Even though I fight with my family and argue with my siblings, I miss you. Im lucky to have you, and I’m lucky to have my friends. This trip and being so far away is helping me realize it. So I know this sounds cliche, I don’t think my parents can see this, and I don’t know who of my siblings or friends are reading this. But if I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know you closely, I just want to let you know that I love you, and I’m grateful be on this Earth with you.

    On a much happier note; we started going to the YMAD House of Learning. For those who do not know what that is, It was a place that YMAD has had girls from the ages of 9-12 come and we teach them and  house them for the school year, and I love them. Whenever we walk into the meeting room or classroom and you see the girls, your heart skips a beat. They all want to hug you and you want to hug all of them at the same time. They are so sweet and so fun. i never want to leave them. I honestly can’t wait to get home and show and tell all of you everything i possibly can but I never want to leave here. Because even though this is possibly the hardest thing I’ve done, i know that when I leave, I’ll leave my heart in the Himalayas. i feel so safe and I feel like I’m part of an amazing community made up of YMADians. To end this off, i would like to share a quote Mike Ely shared with the group. “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying I will try again tomorrow.” This is probably the biggest thing that is keeping me going. I love you all and I love my team.

        Love, Adam Neff