I want to go back to Uganda.
Honestly, that’s something I never thought I would say… at least not for a few years. When I was in the country I was always uncomfortable. I was covered in mosquito and spider bites, we spent the majority of our days crammed in a small bus, I was constantly sweating, and the food kept making me sick. At the time, it was really hard. Thinking back, though, the little things that bothered me while I was in Uganda are not what I remember most about my experience. I remember the friendships and the stories I heard there over anything else.
Everyday we spend in class watching and editing all of the footage makes me miss the country even more. We have spent so many hours watching the people we interviewed, all of the kids we held hands with, and all of the cool stuff we did. And although these things feel so close to me on my computer screen, they’re actually thousands of miles away which is very sad.
I would give anything to be uncomfortable again, to be back in Uganda.
Everyone should listen to the song “Blessed To Be A Witness” by Ben Harper. We listened to it the day before our trip and now that we’re home the meaning is finally sinking in with me. We’re blessed to have seen the things we saw, even though it was really hard for us. I’m not the same person I was three weeks ago. Seeing a little piece of the world that most people aren’t really aware of has been an eye-opening experience for me.