I have no doubt that I will continue to ask myself these hard questions: whether my decisions are right or wrong, what the costs were of the sacrifices I chose to make, what my responsibilities are as an American, but also as a human being and a friend and family member, and what my purpose and reason for being are.
“The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.”
“Where are you from?” People would ask in the states.
I was born and raised in Virginia, along with my older sister and younger brother, but not before my parents immigrated to America from India in the ‘80s.
“Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.”
“Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.”
-Dalai Lama XIV
“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change.”
“No matter how it ends, it was an experience.”
“A different language is a different vision of life.”
– Federico Fellini
“What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories.”
– George Eliot
To my family, friends, and readers,
Let me preface with this: uncertainties are exhilarating and inspiring, but I understand the frustration bystanders may bear because of them. That being said, I’m relieved to share new information with you regarding the logistics of my Peace Corps journey.