“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”—Kurt Vonnegut
Today a friend and I took three of our older MB House girls out for a night of glow bowling. I just need to say it was so good to connect with them on another level. It makes me so incredibly excited that they trust me enough to open up to me about a lot of different things going on in their young, precious lives - boys, faith, friends, bullies, family. I’m so thankful to share, and be a part of these young girls’ lives. I pray that these relationships I’ve built with these kids will continue to grow. And tonight especially, hanging out with the teen girls, I just really want to be with them throughout all the stresses that life puts them through. I can totally remember those junior high days being really difficult, dealing with peer pressure, self esteem, boys, new relationships, etc. They have opened up to me about burdens they are carrying and I know how hard that can be. I pray that they will know in their hearts that I am here for them to be a friend, and a mentor. But more importantly I hope each of these girls will know in their hearts that they have a loving God, who desires to have a relationship with them, and that He wants to reveal his goodness to them. Thank you God for calling me here. It might not be the other side of the world like how I envisioned it would be in my mind, but being a part of this community and mission is so much greater than I ever could have imagined.
I met such a cute guy today at university. Not cute as in wow date me right now cute, but cute as in you are probably the nicest guy I’ve ever met. I love when guys are just able to step up and spark a conversation with you. Not necessarily to hit on you, but because he’s a genuinely nice guy. That was this guy that I met: a genuinely nice and easy-going person, not set out to impress or flatter, but just set out to be himself and make a friend.
What a wonderful ending to what I thought was going to be a pretty bad day. My reserve had their annual christmas banquet for post secondary students and their families. I just want to say that I think everybody could learn a thing or two from the Aboriginal culture. Everything is so informal, and casual, and I absolutely love it. Not every moment has to be perfect, and proper. It’s okay to make border line jokes, it’s okay to laugh at said border line jokes, it’s okay to talk really loud, and be crazy, and yell in a room full of people, and have a good time with one another in community. Community. That’s something we Aboriginal people are big on. What a lovely thing to hold as a foundation in our lives.
I haven’t laughed so hard as I did tonight. The host was hilarious, my brother appears to be a celebrity among the reserve, and I won fifty dollars off of “the money tree”. This was an absolutely great night. It was awesome to see so many other young Aboriginal people motivated and striving to be the best they can be. I am so thankful for my culture. It’s who I am, and I am so proud to be Aboriginal. Miigwech.
I need to stop doing this to myself - looking at pictures, and doing so much research, knowing that there are no travel plans in my near future. I’m really hoping/praying for an opportunity to come up … and soon. Seriously got nothing but travel on my mind.
After staying home all day just resting, drinking tea, and taking in a dozen halls, I’m feeling a lot better. Now I’m sitting in my room all cozied up, with Earl Grey tea on one side of me and my cat on the other side, plus my dog at the end of my bed. For probably the last two hours I’ve been looking at pictures online and doing research on some of the world’s most amazing places. I started compiling a list (an unrealistic one I’ll admit) of all the places I want to see at some point. For right now I’m left day dreaming, but hey, it keeps life interesting and exciting. Oh the places I’ll see one day.