Life on Earth

Updated: Jan 20, 2020

|Author: Gavin|

We are always told that we can do anything when we are growing up, and be anyone. It is something that my parents drilled into me from the beginning, that the only limitations that I have are self imposed. Over the past few weeks I have heard about all of the challenges that face Bangalore and its people and a small part of me has started to believe that my parents are wrong. It is not that the problems facing Bangalore are insurmountable or different than the problems facing any other large city, but never before have I seen all the problems of a city so up close.

We have heard speakers with PhDs, master's degrees, accolades and awards, each working in their own way to improve the lives of those around them. They have all sacrificed so much and have dedicated their lives to the betterment of the world around them. I stand here in awe of their accomplishments and the things that they have achieved, and it makes me wonder if they ever have the same thoughts I do. Do they doubt that they can make a difference?

Looking at all the problems facing the world is daunting, but I try to remind myself that I don’t need to work on solving all the problems. I need to tease out one or two from the many in front of me and work to fix those when I return to the US. On the GCIL program alone there are nearly 30 students all with their own passions and drive who are dedicated to helping solve the issues that others face. I am not alone. I am one of many. And whenever I start to lose faith, I remind myself of the kids at the Parikrma school. They were so full of life, tugging on our sleeves saying, "Ana, ana sing us a song!" They are there because someone decided that the world could be better than it was and made a difference. When I think of that, sometimes the problems seen a little bit smaller.

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