Guatemala City, Guatemala: Recenter, Reevaluate & Renew
Out of all the places in the world, it never quite crossed my mind that Guatemala City would be the place to recenter, re-evaluate and renew. But it was. I didn't know it at first of course. It was more of a delayed lesson - an enlightening reflection after the fact.
With a population of almost 1.1 million people, Guatemala's capital city can feel anything but relaxing. Like most highly populated cities, its full of traffic, bustling city noise and a fast-paced lifestyle. But the experiences I had there, forced me to stop and think about the way I'd been living. Here are the places, moments and people that catapulted that awakening.
For almost 30 years, this children's home has taken in thousands of orphans in Guatemala City. In addition to providing them with clothing, housing and food, Casa Aleluya also educates them. As you can imagine, my week here was life changing.
I sat down and played with children who had been abandoned, mistreated, abused and neglected in the worst ways.
I watched them pick lice out of each other's hair.
I watched them jump for joy after receiving second-hand clothes.
And I watched them smile, grateful for the opportunities Casa Aleluya provided them - the very things I take for granted. Shelter. Food. Clothing. Education. And even work.
The day of my departure, I vowed to change my perspective. I promised myself that I would remember that any day above ground, is a good day.
The entire week was like an interactive meditative experience, restructuring the way the I viewed life.