Feel things you’ve never felt before

In the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, there is a line that stands out to me as being applicable to life and its journey:

“I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you

nderline;”>feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button‚ movie

Good feelings:

The last few months have been full of feelings for me, both good and bad. Just in the last 6 months alone, I’ve observed the Big 5 in Kenya’s wild savannah grasslands, I’ve taught youth in grass thatched schools, I’ve been served fresh yak milk from Tibetan nomads in their yak fur-knitted tents, I’ve dug latrines, I’ve danced with Masai warriors in Masai Mara, I’ve planted community gardens, I’ve trekked through floating villages and ancient ruins in Cambodia, I’ve handed school supplies out to children only to see some of the world’s brightest smiles, I’ve meditated amidst Tibetan Buddhist monks high up in hidden monasteries, and I’ve sat down with community leaders to strategize and implement solutions to solve local problems.

Not so good feelings:

I have also seen and felt things that continue to weigh heavy on my heart and mind. Meeting women in the Negev who fight to eliminate “honor killings” in their community (how can that still exist?), seeing the aftermath of genocide and atrocities left by the Khmer Rouge, meeting many individuals who cannot afford shoes as they work and toil in the fields, meeting people who are literally starving to death as they cannot afford enough good, clean food, or getting to know a man who had both his arms blown off by land mines in rural Cambodia.

All feelings:

Humbling? Yes! Life changing? Absolutely! Grateful? Beyond words. These were all feelings I never felt before. I am extremely thankful for these feelings and their corresponding experiences that contribute to my growth and perspective–the beautiful sites and organic cultural experiences have enriched my soul, and the unfortunate news and meetings with those who suffer have sparked a movement for change deep within my heart.

What if I had opted to stay home and postpone these explorations? How would my life be different? I like to think that I would be a different person with different priorities altogether.

Or rather, how could YOUR life be enhanced if only you made the choice to serve in a greater capacity and break out of your societal comfort zone to see and feel something new. How could the lives of others be altered for good, even in just a small way, if you were there to aid?

What if you were to “feel things you’ve never felt before?”

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