There are pictures of my siblings and I in Guatemala when we were quite young. I don't remember much from these early trips, but I always remember all the great people and fun we had with family member's there.
As we got older our travels were less frequent, my awareness of differences became more apparent. I realized that my life in the U.S was far different then my family members living in Guatemala. Not in happiness (at least on the surface), not in health, but in economic standards.
I enjoyed the life of a land littered with abundance, they lived in a land of scarcity.
I began to notice the children always waiting at the airport asking for any spare money the travelers could spare. The person drunk and sleeping on the sidewalk midday, the people so desperate for bowel relief and not having a place to go that they would just relieve themselves their on the street as people passed by.
This all seemed so foreign to me, my young self asked
"How can people live like this?"
At that time I couldn't fully comprehend this question that seemed so simple on the surface but was mired with levels of complexity.
As I've grown older I've had time to further explore this question and more properly educate myself on the different factors that effect this world we all share.
All of this have brought me to how I view this world now,
that of a perspective of a GLOBAL CITIZEN.
Being a Global Citizen
Time has passed since my times in Guatemala and I have seen some more of the world. My times in Guatemala perhaps serve as some of the most life changing though . It is there that I was confronted for the first time with true poverty, and with a different world.
Nowadays I see myself as one person interconnected with all the others. We may look different, act different, eat different, but in the end we all share this big planet.
We could focus on that which separates us, but, what good does that ever bring?!
I always advocate anyone interested in traveling to third world nations to do so.
They offer some of the greatest moments of introspection.
It's in these wonderful places that you will find a deep appreciation for the life you've been given.