Matt Sorenson

Matt's picture So many emotions are going through my head. I’m excited. I’m tired. I’m happy. I’m exhausted. I’m sad. I’m feeling the love from these amazing little girls. I’m overflowing with love for their smiling beautiful faces. Words can’t explain how full of life these girls are. It’s almost like they know the secret to life that most people are missing; and I believe they do. Life here isn’t about possessions and money. It’s about people. It’s about family. And because of YMAD, these little girls have gained hundreds of people into their family.

Being here is almost like a dream. But I know it’s not because you definitely know when you’re sleeping here. You spend all day giving your all to these little girls, and then at night you try to wipe some of the sweat off your body and get into your bed but by the time your head hits your pillow, you’re already in one of the deepest, most fulfilling sleeps you’ve ever experienced; and I love it.

Life is so different here in India. Almost every minute you’re reminded that life is fragile, but that it is what you make of it. Yesterday Neal and I were exploring Chamba-towne and we saw a Ferris Wheel that looks like it was pieced together with anything that the builders could find. It looked like a rusty wheel with steel cages hanging all around the wheel with no doors, just seats. It looked terrifying. It looked deathly. It looked like a crazy person’s idea of a good time and it was exactly that; scary, rusty, deathly and simply amazing. There is something about sitting in a steel cage, no door, inches from death, spinning around a wheel that is being spun by a very old and exposed motor that makes your hair stand up on your neck and the contents of your stomach want to make a sudden appearance that makes you want to call it fun, exciting, exhilarating and everything else that your mind can think of.

Life here is amazing; simple; complicated; stressful; hot; sweaty; sticky; stinky; fun; full-of-life; fun; adventurous; scary; beautiful; indescribable; and so much more. I love it here. It is such a sweet feeling helping these girls out. I’m going to remember this experience for the rest of my life.

And for the rest of my family, friends and especially Shelby; I love you but make room because these girls have stolen part of my heart.