Go 2018: Superheroes

Today, I was surrounded by superheroes.

One of the most impactful days of the trip was also one of the hardest.

Each year in South Africa, there are more deaths from starvation than HIV, Malaria and Tuberculosis combined. According to FAO, Africa has the highest prevalence of undernourishment — nearly 21% of the population is affected. Today, we worked to lessen that statistic.

We teamed up with Rise Against Hunger to pack meals for local families in need. We had two hours set aside in our day and a goal to pack 10,000 meals. Challenge accepted.

 

With an assembly line-style process filled with a lot of celebration, good music (with epic beat drops) and meals, in two hours we were able to pack boxes filled with 10,800 meals. That’s 10,800 people who will go to bed without feeling hunger for the night. That could be 10,800 lives that might be saved, just by having a meal in their bodies. Rise Against Hunger has a goal to end world hunger by 2030, and with days like these… I feel pretty confident that they’re on the right track.

As I’m wrapping up my last post about this trip, I’m heavily reflecting on my time and lessons learned.

The people we have met over here have truly taught me what it is to live. They are happy, loving and living every moment they have. They value community and know that with help, they can get things done. The children are full of energy, joy, imagination and they play and learn without a care in the world.

 

Build the Future has given people an opportunity to have a next step, daily tasks and new skills that could impact the lives of everyone that encounters this organization and then impact the lives of the people those people interact with. Very rarely in life do you experience first hand lives changing right in front of you; but I saw that every day here.

I would recommend a trip like this to anyone. This challenged me in ways I never thought would be possible. I grew without even realizing it and I’m coming back to the states with such a positive, hopeful view of the world with tangible steps I can take to do my part in making it better.

Thank you again to everyone that helped me get here. Please contact me if you’d like to learn more about my trip, see more photos, or share a story of your own. Get out there and explore!

 

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Dating is hard.

When you’re out in the real world and not in a concentrated population of like-minded people 24/7, finding genuine connections is an adventure in itself.

So, as a millennial, you likely do what most of us do best… break out the thumbs and start swiping. If this is you, that’s great! You do you; I’m not here to swipe shame.

Here’s my issue with this method: I’m a little lazy and a lot picky. There are certain qualities I’m looking for in a partner and while I enjoy that you like The Office and you have an adorable puppy, I can’t establish a relationship with that information.

When something is nurtured and grown through a device, it is far too easy to forget about it. Relationship building becomes just another notification in a long scroll of “breaking news” updates and Instagram likes.

I notice the sweet irony of writing this post on my phone, on a flight, complaining about needing my phone to establish connections with others, while simultaneously not connecting with other people, but bear with me.

You may feel like you’re searching for the impossible, but here’s five tips we can all keep in mind.

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  1. Trust. You’re most likely not destined to be alone forever. Give it time and have faith. Just because you want a relationship, doesn’t mean you need one.
  2. Sit that phone down and go outside. I know I sound like your grandparent right now, but explore the world; do things you love and you’re likely to meet people who also love those things (shared interests ✓).
  3. Join groups. Whether it be church groups, local clubs/organizations or volunteer opportunities, you CAN meet new people without having to go to a bar alone.
  4. Let friends help. People that know you, likely know what you like. Hey, ya never know!
  5. Stay positive. This tip is similar to trust, but you can negatively trust in something (not recommended). Stay positive and just know that the wait will absolutely be worth it.

Who knows? This could be awful advice, but I’m going to try it out. Here’s to trusting in my plan and hoping for the best!

Cheers.