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Distractions

Being back on the ranch was really tough for me in a new way than any problems I ran into on the actual trip itself. I think the hardest thing about being back on the ranch was that I was “back” meaning my life was back to its full array of distractions. Friends had returned to Omaha, I was working on moving into my house, getting a car, and starting at my new job. With all these distractions, it was easy to feel like because the physical trip was over my responsibility to the project was over as well.

However, as we got further into the editing process and we began to watch our story come alive, I again became exhilarated and focused on the task at hand. But then, I would go home or go to work and again be distracted by a whole variety of things that didn’t exist while we were back in Nogales living in one space together, always focused on what we could contribute to the project next.

I think this process of distraction and refocusing was a good one to have immediately after the trip because it made me cognizant of that loss of focus whereas if I would’ve just come home and done nothing with the trip, I would have immediately sunk back into my routine without any sort of immediate reflection on the trip and what it meant to me. This way, I was not only forced to stay focused on what I’d learned, but I was also able to help put something together that will allow other people to get a glimpse of that experience as well.

Additionally, I’ve learned now how quickly I can get distracted, and I don’t want that for myself. I want this trip to always be on the back of my mind when I’m navigating my life in the larger scheme of things.

Putting together the storyline for our documentary.

Nearing the end

I want to keep this blog short so I can get some sleep but I wanted to update everyone on what we did today.

A small group of us went into Nogales, Sonora at sunrise to shoot some b-roll of the city coming to life.  It was really fun and I love being on the Mexico side.  Then we went to McDonalds where it was Nico’s first time ever eating food there.

Later we drove to Tuscon where we went to the courthouse and witnessed the stream line.  This is when 50 to 70 illegal immigrants are put on trial.  5 go up at a time and they all plead guilty.  Once they plead guilty they are taken to jail for their sentence then deported once their time is up. The courts do this 5 days a week.  That is over 300 people getting tried a week and that is just in Tuscon.

At night I grilled more hamburgers for everyone.  These ones turned out very good and they were so juicy.  We all ate outside and then played a game afterwords.  Once the game was done I started a fire in the charcoal grill and we roasted marshmallows.  It was a very relaxing night.

Keep the prayers coming for my fellow classmates, teachers and myself. Especially for the migrants who are risking their lives as you read this in order to come to the U.S.  We only have 2 more days down here until we travel back to Homaha.   I’m trying to make the most of what little time is left.  I can’t wait to share my experiences with all of you back home.