Gloomy skies shaped emotions

Gloomy skies shaped emotions. Darkness absorbed a once radiant sun; a whiff of impending, heavy rain. Sweat dripped down. An awareness of guilt rose in me. Pulling up to an impoverished school, changes perspective on life. Feeling grateful for my life, however, feeling like a culprit not to share.

Through my eyes, I saw students ranging in ages, sitting in fractured desks on dirt. Walking inside expecting to see dreary faces, but only seeing blissful faces glistening with smiles. A change of emotions when hearing kids wake up every day with scarce amounts of food and water, sent to school with inadequate resources, and carry on in an optimistic attitude. A flagrant problem but a motivation for the young indigenous Guatemalans to diminish an immense poverty rate. An inspiration witnessing kids put in work to help improve their school. Learning valuable lessons by learning to make chocolate through a fire, beading bracelets, and stringing baskets. They may not have been learning academically, nevertheless, learning how to prosper in their future. At the end of the day with a feeling of guilt, I needed to learn how to set aside my problems to help the inexorable poverty rate.

Dealing with problems of my own, I discovered that kids much younger than me were dealing with worse. Little sources for food and water, homes that are breaking down, schools not providing the necessary education: problems that fortunately don’t take effect in my life. However, the trip wasn’t to experience the hardships of many Guatemalans. Realizing how much work kids younger than I establish into their school, I needed to mimic the work ethic and determination. Younger kids motivated me to do work and put aside my problems. Feeling like a new person, seriously. Feeling like a sense of accomplishment helping with a new project I’ve never done before. Providing money the least I could do, however, I wanted more. Nearly half of the world is dealing with poverty. Sensing my superego shouting that I am meant to help. Help kids dealing with hardships brush off a little stress.

Hours of hiking, building, carrying, the day passed on with a huge improvement in sight. The feeling of pride took over the risen guilt. An upgraded school, though, many more hours needed to develop into the best. A life-changing experience. The sight of glowing faces running towards an improved school looked like Christmas morning. An indescribable feeling. Setting aside my own life to help someone else’s for a change. There is so much in this world to focus on during times of need. The world needs people who have the dedication to change the world for the better. I want to be that person. I want to help bring smiles on kids’ faces. It’s a big theme in my life, learning about myself and improving my character. The kids’ drive and worth ethic appeared as an awakening to who I strived to become.

Experiencing a country in deep struggle changed my outlook on life. No more tailor of emotions from gloomy skies. A cool sprinkle of rain washed away a feeling of guilt. Smiling from cheek to cheek from sunrise to sunset. Appreciative for my wondrous life. And in the rest of my life, I am going to make it worthwhile doing what I am bound to do: to help those in need.

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