I’ve been back in Canada for a little over two weeks now. It’s still so weird for me to wake up in the morning and realize that I’m in my own bed in my own room. Honestly, I feel that it was easier to leave home than it was to come home. I’ve experienced sadness, anger, excitement, envy… all of it. I’m a big ball of emotion.
Mostly, I’m angry. I’m angry that we as North Americans take most things for granted. While in Bangladesh I mainly used a bucket of hot water for a shower. I was fortunate to stay in a place that had a shower head, but the water was freezing. I also couldn’t brush my teeth with water from the tap, and had to drink bottled water the whole time.
Everything was so different in South Asia, but so easy to get used to. It’s amazing how our body and mind adapts to fit our surroundings. But it’s interesting to see how hard it is to go back to how things were before you had to sacrifice everything you were so accustomed to. Before I left Canada I went to coffee shops everyday, spending way too much money on a chai latte. Since I’ve been home I’ve only gone once, and that was because my mom wanted a coffee while we were driving to the valley. Otherwise, I could have gone without one.
I’ve seen a few things while I was away. Families who live in huts made of garbage with children playing in the garbage surrounding them. Children and the elderly begging you for money, but mainly to get drugs instead of what they say they need. We even take the air we breathe for granted. Most people wear surgical masks so that they do not breathe in the polluted air and get sick.
As an 18 year old young woman, travelling by myself was sometimes a bit scary. But it also enabled me to take everything in and meet so many people. Travelling alone made me grow up and see things for what they really are.
I long to be back in a place where I can see real mountains and true happiness, even through the poverty. People are happier over there, so thankful for what they have and understanding of those who are also struggling to live. You will meet some of the most amazing people in those kinds of places, truly inspiring people.
I hope that I never get used to living in Canada again, because I never want to take things for granted ever again. I am thankful to God everyday for what I have been blessed with.