Decisions, Decisions! Alek Sperry
Traveling to India has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Unfortunately, the trip has also been one of the most difficult experiences for me to explain. The only way I can think to describe it is through an analogy. Traveling to India is like eating “half” of a really hot chili pepper. You’re not quite sure how bad it is going to burn before you eat it. All you really have as a reference are the looks on your friends’ faces and the spicy foods you’ve eaten in the past, but you’ll never know until you try it for yourself. After you and your buddies take your bets and you finally decide to try it there is always the initial dismissal. You think to yourself “Oh it’s not to bad!” but after a second or two the heat hits you. It brings tears to your eyes and gives you a better understanding of what the world is really like.
The only problem I’ve found with the analogy is that you would never eat another pepper after the heat dies down because of the initial shock. I know that that is not the case for me with this trip to India. It was tough in the beginning, but I would come back anytime. Being around these little girls and feeling the love they have for us has been one of the most life changing experiences of my life.
You may not have liked the burn, but after it’s gone you and your friends get to have a good laugh and remember the good times for the rest of your life.
“Ami tomake balo basi”
The girls of the Day Boarding School