It's Like Water Skiing - Adam Williams
So, it's done. We arrived, endured, taught, learned, and succeeded. I am willing to speak for me and all of my friends when I say that we don't really know how to explain this experience. So, for your benefit, I pondered. Here is my conclusion. It's like jumping into a cold lake for the first ski of your life. Really, it's kind of a shot in the dark. Ya, you can put your finger in and test the water, but you don't really get the full effect until you do a full on cannonball off the back of the boat. And then, after you've arrived in the water and endured the temperature a while, you get to the fun. You're water ski on your feet and ready to go, you say hit it, and the driver goes full throttle and you try your very hardest to get up. However, you haven't yet learned the ropes. So, you have to be taught by the people around you. And as any decent water skier can tell you, your first time is extremely difficult. Regardless, finally, after you've learned to ski, you get up, succeed, and have the time of your life. None of us really knew what we were getting into in the beginning, even though some of us thought that we did. But, we got here, and it was humid. Our beds were on the floors. We were constantly force fed rice. And despite all of the cokes we drank, many of us decided to contract diseases as well. Still, every single individual kept a positive attitude, rised above each challenge, and succeeded. WE TAUGHT ENGLISH. I can proudly say that the children of Tongala acutely know each month, day of the week, shape, weather term, and family member title to a tee. I know that we have accomplished our duty with flying colors. However, what really hits me is the learning part. I kid you not when I say that I have learned more in the past two weeks of my life by shear example and attitude than I have in all the time I've spent thinking by myself in my entire life. Each leader, YMAD teen, Indian teacher, and lively child has given me a new perspective. And I have never felt so much love.
That in mind, here's my advice. Interact, Serve, Try, Experience, Live, Show Compassion, and have the time of your life.
And also, I know I will be back. Maybe to India, maybe not, but this is something I love doing. And know that I will for the rest of my life.