I decided to start doing some random posts that I will label as Mini Posts. This is mostly me just venting for the sake of writing. Don’t read if you don’t want to hear me vent, haha. For those who do read it, thanks!
Well, here goes…..
Life is full of unknown variables. I have experienced so many events throughout my life that I would have never predicted. It’s unreal. Every year that passes is another year lost. I try to look back and everything is just a blur. I always tend to hear, “Oh, you’re still young. You have time,” yet everyone, from around the world, always pressures me to settle down. What happened to all that you just mentioned? Oh, the irony.
Well, I really want to make this post just for the sake of writing something! I’m currently in the process of helping my friends create a video for our amazing friends, Kris and Christine. If you didn’t know, they’re getting married this year!!! I’m so excited for them, but I’m super upset I won’t be able to attend their wedding. Of all weddings to miss, I am missing the wedding of my closest friends. I’ll definitely have to make it up to them when I am back in the states. I’m experiencing some of our past memories together as I look through various content to create this video. I never knew how much I would sacrifice to pursue my own dreams. I feel selfish for doing so, but I know everyone understands.
I’ve already missed one wedding that I really wanted to attend. Now here comes another. I know I posted before about missing my nephew’s first years, but now I am realizing I am missing out on moments with my friends. These are definitely the biggest sacrifices I made joining the Peace Corps. I know all of my fellow Volunteers can truly understand.
I was talking to my friend, Terry, about my experiences and if I regret joining. I can never say I regret chasing my dreams. I will never look back and say I made the wrong decision becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer. There are some disappointing moments, but I couldn’t be more satisfied with myself. I certainly do regret missing out on creating memories with my friends back home. I believe the real reason I was able to make the decision I did was because of them. My friends never once told me not to go. They never held me back. It was then I knew I would always have a home to come back to. It pains me not to be there for some of their biggest moments, but I know they will always be there when I return.
There’s a renowned Latin phrase, Carpe Diem, that has a significant meaning to me now. For those who don’t know, it means ‘seize the moment’. Maybe being selfish isn’t such a bad thing. The American culture is all about accomplishing one’s dreams and defining one’s own success. I would like to believe I am doing just that. I hope the world can follow through and show me and my generation that all our dreams are possible. The world is full of endless possibilities. Let’s hope through those endless possibilities that I am able to accomplish my dream. I know I posted a little of that on Facebook, but I’ll just copy here for those who weren’t able to see it.
Martin Luther King Jr. was an iconic figure in American history. He was a leader of his time and his presence is still felt today. Years after his death, we still struggle to see as he did. Mr. King wanted a world where everyone would be equal regardless of their race. Although one’s race is not as recognized as it used to be but rather one’s sexual orientation and religion. Human beings are still being discriminated against as they were during Martin Luther King Jr’s time. It’s an absolute disgrace. Human beings are human beings no matter where they reside on this planet. We live in a society where we differentiate our own kind just by the borders that surround us. I hope that we can all accept one another as fellow human beings. Country names are only references to a location, not a reason to think differently of others. We are all the same. Everyone around the world has emotions of love and hate, worries of supporting their friends and family, and the longing for happiness. I realize a universal peace may be impossible to achieve, but I hope to see an overwhelming presence of peace around the world. That is my dream. That is my vision.
Thank you, Martin Luther King Jr. for your dream, vision, and determination.
Do you think I am realistic? I would assume would say no, but some of us have to believe. Some may even call me an idealist. I wouldn’t be against that, honestly. Let’s hope I don’t lose my way! It’ll be a difficult journey. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I hope my friends and family will continue to support me as they do.
Until the next mini post!! BYE!