When first arriving in India, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. But throughout this trip, I have been able to adjust and I started thinking about the differences between my life in the US and daily life in India.
Yesterday, we went to a small village in Corbett National Park. There, we had a discussion about people’s daily needs. It really made me think about how my daily needs in America are so different than someone in the village. For example, when I wake up in the morning at school, I think things like: do I have my phone? I need to go sign into breakfast. I need to go to class. I need to call my mom. I need to go to co curricular. But someone’s needs in this village we went to are completely different. For example, they might be: do i have food for the day? Do I have water for the day? I need to feed the animals. They don’t wake up in the morning and wonder where their AirPods are, but their needs are more about being able to survive and get through the day.
When we were talking about the village, Parveen asked me “what makes these communities healthy?” And after thinking about this question, I realized that, despite the fact that these people’s lives and needs are different than mine back at home, it’s still relatively easy living and they aren’t struggling to survive. It works for them. What at first appears to be a hard daily living in my eyes, these people live very easily and happily.
This trip has opened my eyes to what’s going on with other people around the world and how their experiences can be completely different than mine. Honestly, I’m not sure how my life in America will be changed by this experience. But, it will always be in the back of my mind and I will never forget how life is here in India.
Overall this trip has been awesome so far and I am very excited for what is still to come!
4 thoughts on “Necessities”
Nice observations, Louie! We Americans are the ultimate consumers of everything, but you are right to wonder “what do we really need” and “what do we do because that’s our culture”. This kind of thinking helps shape a thoughtful life, well lived. Keep after it!
Louie – One of the premises of the CCS Global Experience is to get you thinking. Mission accomplished! Ultimately, do you think you might “simplify” your thoughts and life at home? Maybe what you are experiencing in India now will really impact how you live your life in the future and help you to reduce the “clutter” in your day-to-day living.
Louis, I love your honest post. Just because someone lives differently, doesn’t make it wrong or right or better or worse. When you return, if you do decide to simplify your life a bit, please don’t cut out “call my mom!” 🙂
Yeah Louie! Awesome to read your thoughts as you work to make sense of this crazy place for the first time. I’m so happy you are on the trip. It’s great to get exposure to such a vastly different way of being; it’s always helpful to realize that there are innumerably different ways to live this life on our magic blue planet.