Lessons learned, lessons to teach..

It was exactly one year ago that I took a train from New York to Washington DC. My emotions were of the roof full of excitement and nervousness. Little did I know that God had more things in store for me that I could imagine. It has been a month since I completed my year of service with the YAV Program. I have had a month to semi process what has happened in my life and what changes continue to happen. I will be writing a series of the lessons I have learned. I want to share them with you all. I will write in Spanish and English for your convenience.

Hoy es exactamente un ano desde que tome un tren de Nueva York a Washington DC. Estaba llena de emoción y nervios. Poco me daba cuenta en ese momento que Dios tenia mas cosas para mi de lo que me imaginaba. A pasado ya un mes que complete mi servicio con el programa YAV. E tenido un mes en cual e medio procesado lo que paso en mi vida y los cambios que aun siguen. Estaré escribiendo una serie, sobre las lecciones que e aprendido y quiero compartir con ustedes. Escribiré en Español y Ingles para conveniencia de ustedes.

The first one is called; Home Sweet Home. La Primera; Hogar Dulce Hogar

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Don’t let those innocent smiles fool you, it wasn’t rainbows and butterflies all the time. 😉 Meet my housemates Andy, Mara, and Angela. We all participated in the YAV Program and had one common goal; fight against social injustice. Although we were there for a common interest, we had to work hard to make our house community function and make it feel like it was what we wanted to call “Home Sweet Home.” As a group we made it work, we had house meetings to discuss house concerns, we all had chores to do, and one day a week met with our site coordinator. The first few months I was there I had to make myself be part of this community. I didn’t want to be there, to me there was no place like home, with my parents and my siblings. Eventually, it became home. I knew that if I wanted to gain anything from this experience I had to open up to these strangers. Strangers, that I now call family. As happy and outgoing as I am, I am not one to let my guard down, for the sake of not getting hurt. Unfortunately, all the emotions I tried to avoid, I had to deal with. The best part about that was, that I had my housemates to help me get through anything  that I was going through. As much as I yearned to be at my home with my family, I learned that the best thing to do was learn to live in my community and be intentional with all that I did. After all we only get one chance to be where we are. Don’t let that chance go, to appreciate the people you are with, to work throughout problems, to get hurt, and to be present. Anywhere you are can be Home Sweet Home if you want it to be.

No dejes que esas sonrisas te engañen, nuestro tiempo no todo el tiempo era de arco irises y mariposas. 😉 Les presento a mis compañeros de casa, Andrés, Mara, y Angela. Todos participamos en el programa voluntario, teníamos una meta en común; luchar contra la injusticia social. Aunque todos estábamos allí luchando por la misma causa, tuvimos que trabajar para tener una comunidad estable y hacerla sentir como nuestro dulce hogar. Como grupo logramos hacer que funcionara, teníamos juntas de casa para discutir problemas, teníamos quehaceres y una vez a la semana nos reunimos con nuestra coordinadora. Los primeros meces que estaba allí me tuve que forzar a ser parte de la comunidad. No quería estar allí porque no era mi hogar, no eran mis papas o mis hermanos. A pasar el tiempo, se convirtió en mi hogar. Yo sabia que si quería aprender algo de esta experiencia iba tener que abrirme a ellos a quienes consideraba extraños. Extraños a quienes ahora llamo familia. Por mas alegre que soy, siempre mantengo la guardia por no querer ser lastimada. Desafortunadamente todas las emociones que no me gustan, tuve que confrontarlas. Lo mejor de esa parte es que, tuve a mis compañeros. Ellos me ayudaron a salir adelante. Por mas que quería estar con mi familia y en casa tuve que aprender a vivir con mi comunidad y ser intencional con todo lo que hacia. Solo tenemos una oportunidad en donde nos encontremos. No dejes ir la oportunidad de apreciar a las personas que están en tus alrededores, a resolver problemas, a ser lastimado y a estar presente. Donde quiera que estés puede ser hogar dulce hogar si es lo que quieres.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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