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Friday, May 20, 2016: An open mind and heart to learn

t’s the evening before and so many thoughts are running through my mind. Did I pack enough clothes; will it rain there, what if I run out of toothpaste? If these thought go through my mind, then imagine what goes through the mind of the less fortunate. This trip is something that many of us have wanted to go on for years. A trip where we leave the place we call home with some friends and new people, experiencing something we’ve never felt before. Maybe a time for a change?

I am excited, a nervous wreck perhaps. Opening my luggage over and over to make sure I have my supplies. Weighing the baggage 50 times just to make sure that it is 50 pounds over and over. Other thoughts about the trip are running through my head. What if the children don’t like me? I took Spanish for 6 years and am still worried that I will not be sufficient in understanding the natives. But why am I this nervous? I have left the country multiple times and gone to India, moreover to the areas that needed major overhaul. I think I know why I am worried now. Most likely because I have never gone to help those in need. I guess its time for a change, no?

Maybe I might interact with a future doctor, lawyer, and even a CEO of a big company as I work with these children. Even though some of these children are not as fortunate as us, perhaps they can be our future leaders one day. I have to go in this with an open mind, the heart to learn and the feeling that nothing is impossible. Its time to make a change, go forth.

- Vishak Vinod, Humanity First Volunteer

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