Culture Shock, Jet Lag, and Joy

In lieu of all the calculus homework I’ll be missing this week and next, I’ve decided to make my blog article a series of real-life math equations I’ve come to realize the past few days 1 American Dollar = 60 Indian Rupees

Culture Shock + Jet Lag + 30 missing bags=lots of tired people.

e.g.

Steve Neff: “Who moved the education bag?” Loree: “ughhhh maybe the same person who didn’t flush the toilet that I just had to flush” (This is a good example because Dave fished out my toilet paper last night without even asking me to do it first)

Daniel: “I don’t want to have to freaking write something [for the blog], I’m too tired”

Daniel: “Why does Oli keep getting so mad at me for having culture shock? I’m pretty sure he has it.”

Daniel: “Every meal here smells the exact same”

Daniel: “I just made eye contact with a mouse”

Daniel: “Oli punch me, then we’ll see who really has culture shock”

Daniel: “This isn’t as nice as my house”

Caden: *Falls asleep at 6:00PM*

Brexton: “I’m going on day 5 with this same pair of underwear” (because he lost his luggage)

Lexi: *holds her frizzy hair so It looks like Hagrid’s* “you’re a wizard, Harry”

Cole: “I just want to go bang my head against a wall right now” Keaton: “why?” Cole: “I have no idea”

White People = Happy Indian People -or- White People = Scared Indian People

Indian Food > American Food

Open Window at Night (with bug screen) = 2 Inch Cockroach Inside

16 hours in a plane + 4.5 More Hours in a Plane 40 minutes later = REALLY swollen feet

Teaching English to Kids that Hardly Speak Any = Hard

and this final equation:

Service + Hard Work = Joy

As I sit in the schools teaching, I think to myself “is any of this really going to change their life? Is this 8 days of teaching and playing going to ‘Make a Difference’?” As I ponder this I start to think, “well, the cumulative affect of lots of teaching over the years could definitely change a life.” But this quote then comes to my mind:

“People may forget what you say, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”

That’s what it’s all about. (Maybe this phrase came to my mind because of the numerous times we sang “hokey pokey” today) We are here to teach English, and deliver humanitarian supplies, and maybe even change a little—or a lot—ourselves, but most importantly, we are here to make others feel loved. That’s what I feel like we are doing: raising the collective happiness of the world one person at a time.

And oh is it fun!!!

-Keaton Walker