Reflection on Times Past

December 10, 2013

Reread some old journal entries today from over the past six months and I can’t deny the overwhelming feeling of gratitude brewing inside. I’m so thankful for everything that has happened this far and I am so excited for my next countries of Thailand, Myanmar, India, Nepal, and China. After all this time my heart still lingers in the country of Laos with certain two brothers I was able to meet and continue to still be friends with. Some of you may remember the story about my friend Jonh and his brother Vai who I met months ago. Well I still keep in contact with them via email and unfortunately their situation hasn’t changed much, they’re still barely getting by and since had to move out of their tiny cement square room because they were not able to afford rent. I can only imagine their current conditions and it kills me when I think of all the possible scenarios. One thing still rings true, they never complain about the matter at hand and simply tell me the facts and always back it up with telling me to not worry because they have each other and that’s what’s important. It really helps me remember what’s important in life, not all the materialistic bullshit we always so easily get caught up in. Easier said than done, especially when you are used to having “stuff” but I think everyone can learn a thing or two from these wonderful two men. One day I picture myself flying back to Laos and helping them in someway, shape or form. If not financially, maybe just my mere presence will be enough. However, in the back of my head I just want to sell my flat screen and few “outdated” iPhones back at home and bring them all the money I get towards a years rent and education. I don’t know, just thinking out loud.


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