Its been just over a week since we have returned from our trip and I am constantly thinking about Uganda. I always have these little flash backs of certain parts of our trip, whether it is an interview, one of the many bus rides we took, or interacting with the children that we saw.
It has been hard for me to come back and try to live the life that I did before I left just three weeks ago. I have become a lot more self-conscious and aware of what I say and how I carry myself in day to day activities now. I have been trying to take the words need and want out of my vocabulary because I feel that I no longer need to have anything and I shouldn’t want anything more than what I already have. I don’t need to go out and buy new things for myself because what I have is good enough.
However, tonight I went out to purchase a new shirt for work and it took everything in me to buy the shirt that was around ten dollars because I knew that it is not something that I needed to have because I could have very well continued going to work in my other shirt that I already had at home. When I was at the store tonight, I was thinking of the quote that we talked about during our trip, “live simply so others can simply live.” That quote says so much about how I feel after going to Uganda because it makes me feel sick that people in America take everything for granted and want more and more everyday. There is no pleasing us because we live in a place where anything is attainable and if we want it, we will get it. However, thats not the case with the people of Uganda and I remind myself of that every day so I don’t go back to being the way that I was before I left; a person who took everything for granted. Needless to say, it really bothered me that I could go and buy a shirt from Old Navy whenever I wanted and the people of Uganda can hardly afford anything.
On a somewhat lighter note, the editing processing is slowly but surely coming along. We have put together two rough cuts of everything so far and it looks as if everything is falling into place. Granted all of us getting tired and maybe even a little cranky, I know that in the end, it will all have been worth it.