Last month, I made a digital collage of some of the things that I am thankful for here. Life as a Peace Corps Volunteer in coastal Colombia isn’t always easy, but there are countless things that make the struggles worth it (for me). This originally posted on our online magazine, Oíste (and can be seen in full-size to help readability by clicking here). Beyond what you can see above, I am thankful for:
- The support system I have, both here and at home.
- Particularly, my family, Marty Party, and some special friends.
- Plus a really special group of ladies here who regularly help me realize I’m not alone in my frustrations and help me celebrate the little things.
- Fresh juices, blended to perfection.
- I know I show my host family in the picture above, but seriously. They deserve another mention. I feel very lucky to have them supporting me as well.
- A roof over my head, a pillow on which to lay the noggin, and food to put in my mouth every day.
- Legs that work, even if they don’t always do it that well.
- Amazingly sweet students, from grade school to high school to adult. So many fantastic people.
I thought that this holiday would be tough to get through without seeing my people in the States (I know I didn’t love Thanksgiving when I was in Spain), but it was really a normal Thursday. And today I am attending a big feast made possible by our great Country Director with some 30+ people.
There is a lot to be grateful for wherever I am. I hope that every year, regardless my situation, I will recognize what there is to be thankful for and continue to do my best to help others who maybe don’t have a list that long. (Seriously, sometimes when I read my gratitude lists I just think “privilege, privilege, privilege…”)
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