Chasing the Feeling
I’m sitting in the car on the way to work right now, shoulders squeezed and legit sweaty against Cameron and Sophie, writing my blog. Cameron just told me that wasn’t a good sentence. Sorry Cameron, but it’s pari-humid in these cars, now suck it up and pari-snuggle. With this blog, I want to explain myself. It all really began when I was given my name, Kevin. It means gentle birth. Okay, I am not explaining that far back,; let’s start in sophomore year of high school. I joined a community service and Spanish language immersion program where I lived in an off-the-map Ecuadorian highlands village called Eugenia Espejo de Cajas for a month. I worked on connecting their new water pipeline, worked with the milk collectors, and taught English to the children. Four out of the five weeks I slept in a straw matted tool shed which most nights was visited by the small scurrying mice and by morning I was awakened by the groans of cows saying good morning. Before the sun was up, a bucket shower outside in the 30-40 degree weather always had a way of saying good morning back. Most people in my program were in culture shock or pretty ready to leave once the trip was over, but every minute I spent in Eugenio Espejo de Cajas with the villagers, I had an emotion I had never felt before in my life. I can only describe it as a “I would rather be no where else doing nothing else” feeling. It was so powerful I constantly had a dumb smile on my face and it was the happiest I had ever been in my life. I have been chasing that feeling ever since Ecuador and have felt it only 3 other times in my life: Habitat for Humanity in Nicaragua, researching the wastewater and water treatment in a Palestinian Refugee camp in Jordan, and right now. With this blog, I wanted to explain myself. When you speak to me and I’m smiling for no reason, when I’m chanting and playing tag with kids, when Cat calls me crazy when I say I’m going to start working again at 11pm., it’s because I would rather be no where else doing nothing else right now.