I was never good at saying goodbye to begin with. Goodbye to the school, weather, and the amazing people I met was probably the hardest thing I had to do this trip. Depending on how I am that day I can either wear my emotion on my sleeve or I can cover it up with a smile. This past week, I've been wearing my smile. I don't like to show my emotion because I don't want to start a ripple effect on others. I want the students and families to know that I appreciated and I am forever grateful of the time I spent with them.
This experience has changed my output on life. My family taught me that you don't need material items to make you happy. Spending time with loved ones and friends is all you need. Also a way to bring everyone together is a bowl of food. It doesn't have to be anything fancy but food, laughter, and communication is all you need. Another thing I learned from the family is not to sweat the small stuff. My family had three rooms for a family of six. There was a kitchen, living area, and a bedroom. You didn't hear them complain once about space. One of my biggest worries at home is trying to find an apartment with enough space for all my junk. That to me was the biggest reality check. For the people in the Dominican a roof over their head is all they need. With that said, I need to sit back and reconsider some things.
I will forever cherish the time I spent in the Dominican. I met so many wonderful end inspiring people. I'm so glad I decided to go in this trip because I would of never done this on my own. I was able to learn so much about the country, people, and culture. In the end, I'm not sure if I would ever be able to live there indefinitely, but volunteering for a short time may be in my future.