Freedom of Poverty
The night before we left, Adesjo had a surprise for us. We were taken to the local community center where we met the other group from Hamilton, Ontario. They had a lot of energy but were ready to head home. We ate supper and received very nice going away gifts. The whole time, all I could think of was being with our true and close friends back at the house. We were looking forward to our own party when the sun lays down behind the hills. Little did we know, they had a little surprise for us also.
We arrived back at our house and were greeted by a fire and our friends. We were all relaxing when out of nowhere they bring up two massive speakers and car stereo. Before we new it there were 30 people dancing and singing with us. They love their music and they all know how to dance. The kids could dance better than the adults. With no electricity where they are, tonight was something special because they can't do this very often if ever. Everyone was having the time of their lives. When I was not dancing I was playing tag or hide and go seek. While playing as if I was a child, I had a realization. This is true freedom. The freedom these people have everyday. Each day they have enough to get by. There world is untainted and uncorrupted. It is a simple but routine lifestyle. They work hard and for that they are fruitful.
Seeing all of this first hand has really opened my eyes. Before I came here I could have listed many problems I think I have, as I'm sure we all could. Now I truly see how miniscule my troubles really are compared to the average person here. We take so much for granted when we are blessed with so much. We complain and whine all the time when really we have nothing to fret about. Even the homeless in Canada have it better than most of these people. The poverty here is acccepted. It brings everyone closer and keeps them busy. This place feels like a home away from home. No one complains and most everyone does there part. They are free to do as they please. I will miss this freedom... The freedom of poverty.