Puerto Rico:
Post-Hurricanes Irma and Maria

The longest glamping trip, you will never understand.

And, that's just fine.
Lares Municipal, Puerto Rico 
Where to begin? I'm not quite sure. I know people want to know what took place in Puerto Rico while I was there, and I do want to convey what happened, but I myself, just don't know yet. And, I might never know, which is also pretty cool.

All I do know, is that, it finally feels like all of this anxiety, depression and feeling of defeat since the Election, has slightly lifted from my shoulders. The feeling of hopelessness, confusion, madness, and anger -  I channeled into trying to help others, even in the slightest - inaction into action.

It revitalized my soul and  it lovingly slammed my heart into the wall instead of my usual head, reminding me of why were all here. Why we are all in this together, despite our current devolution. 
Manati Municipal, Puerto Rico
Manati Municipal, Puerto Rico
Manati Municipal, Puerto Rico
The experience of serving and living in Puerto Rico after two hurricanes, which wiped out most of the island's running water, infrastructure, and running water, is like a time stamp on history. An experience which can never be replicated, but certainly duplicated. These hurricanes and natural disasters will continue to happen; and I do pray that us humans begin to look outside of ourselves, our own little lives, and really try. Really Try to just start giving a shit. It doesn't mean drop everything and fly to the nearest natural disaster to help out; or, maybe it does.

What it really means to me is, what makes you tick, to restore faith in yourself and faith in the evolution of humanity? In my own experience, it has been putting aside my own bullshit for just one second, and just lend out a helping out a hand to the nearest person who needs a little more help than I do right now. Because the bullshit will be there when I return to it. Or, will it? Perhaps looking outside myself for a bit, when I return to it, perhaps the weight of it all isn't as heavy anymore. 

A lot of us are suffering, regardless of our socioeconomic, political, and religious backgrounds. And, it is always nice to be reminded, that you are not alone. 
Mountains of Puerto Rico
Mountains of Puerto Rico
Mountains of Puerto Rico
Mountains of Puerto Rico
Mountains of Puerto Rico
Mother Earth reclaiming life
Serving others is also serving yourself:
it's selfishness and selflessness, all in one.
Danielle, yoga instructor and massage therapist in Puerto Rico
Danielle, yoga instructor and massage therapist in Puerto Rico.
Peace Corps Zambia is described as, "The longest camping trip you'll never understand." And, after a month in Puerto Rico, I mentioned this to some FEMA folks. They laughed in agreement, and said, "Yep, FEMA Puerto Rico is the longest glamping trip you'll never understand. And,  ... we, unlike Peace Corps actually make a little money..." 

Ocean Park, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Culebra Island, Puerto Rico
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
So, that's all I've got, other than,
I am very honored to have had the privilege to serve.
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