Today is Monday , we have been home since Saturday afternoon. I wasn’t sure how being home would feel , we were in our own little bubble in DC. I got home , saw my family and felt okay. It took a few hours to bounce back from the emotional roller coaster that this past week was on us . It was surprising to me how acclimated i became to having 10 other people surrounding me 24/7. I was back in my regular life , and it felt odd to me.
This past week taught me a lot about understanding. I learned about those in the world who are homeless and learned about myself in the process. I always knew that homelessness existed , however it was always something i heard but never saw. The first experience I had was very basic. The group and I had just arrived in DC and we simply walked around DC. That is when we got our first insight into the world of the homeless. We met with Jesse Smith,a member of the Speakers Bureau for the National Coalition for the Homeless and he is also a formerly homeless individual. We walked around some of the small parks in the metropolitan area of DC and immediately saw how much of an issue homelessness has become. It clearly became more evident throughout the week, the impact this issue has had on DC.
I can definitely say that this week , this experience has changed my life for the better. My attitude and views on life and the way I approach it has been positively affected. I take everything in life with an open mind , even more than i ever have before, never taking anything at face value. I’ve made a promise to myself , after everything , that we as a group have been through, to be more open with people. The stories we have heard , the openness of everyone we have met has inspired me to be more open and not close myself off from everyone.
I just want to say thank you to the NCH , AMIZADE , Penn State , Shalom Place, Georgetown Ministries and The D.C. Kitchen . Lastly, to my group, I want to thank you for making this experience so amazing . John , Josh, Nina , Melissa, YooShee , Yiran, Moose, Kup, Chris and Maranda , you guys rock and I couldn’t have imagined ever going through this without any of you.