Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed in the things you didn't do than the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
I read this quote on another volunteer´s blog and I really liked it. Next week I will be sailing away from the safe harbor of new friends and familiar places to catch the trade winds around Santana. There is so much to explore, so many dreams to fortify and realize, and endless treasures to discover. I hope that in twenty years, the tears that are rolling down my face will be ones joy for having risked everything and at the same time gained more than I can ever imagine. Experiences in our lives are as ¨once in a lifetime¨as we make them...I plan on soaking in this entire adventure.
A week ago I was in El Farallon at a seminar where I met my community counterpart, Yanira Velazquez Rodriguez. She picked me out of the crowd because she had been told that her volunteer was wearing a boot.
I talked with the Yanira´s parents, nephews, nieces, brothers and sisters (who are the bulk of my community...hahaha plus a few others to add up to a grand total of 45 people in 17 houses). I was a bit overwelmed being surrounded by so many people who looked at me with eyes full of curiosity, hope, and sheer astonishment. They did not understand why I would come visit them, why i would come live with them, and help them.
At times, I felt like I was in Peace Corps Commercial. I got asked all the questions that the training staff warned we would be asked. Though there is no right or wrong answer...but I felt ready for all of their questions. The more I answered them, the more I really started beliving that I could really be a change agent in their community. I started noticing the potential for projects this community had. I saw how my sole presence in the community brought an aire of excitement, motivation, and encouragement to the few people I got to meet. The rummor mill ran fast around my area. I had invitations by the 3rd day to work in nearby towns.
I can´t wait to get back on July 3rd and start the contruction of my NEW HOME! It is going to be very small because i´m on a small budget but it will be mine and it will have 2 spectacular views, and it will be welcoming. Plans are to make it with Penca roof, and 4x8 fibrocement slabs. The goal is to have the home done in these next 2 months!!