Monday, January 9, 2017

Tried Changing the World, but Changed Myself


 This post is part of Blogging Abroad's 2017 New Years Blog Challenge, week one: Global Citizenship.

Sunset over my high school in Vondrozo, Madagascar
“A clever man tries to change the world. A wise man changes himself and helps it spread to the world.”


            I have always seen myself as someone outside the box.  I find myself at home wherever I am; many times finding myself more at home away from home.  It’s just the way I am.  I have always found cultures and other ways of life fascinating (which is the main reason I studied Cultural Anthropology at university) and it has been a passion of mine to study and immerse my life in them for as long as I can remember. 
           
Before living in Madagascar for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer I thought I knew myself fairly well.  When I went home to the States for a short homestay I was often asked “How did your service/living abroad change you?”  I always explained that I didn’t think it did; that I had already fully known who I was before I left.  Looking back at my service and the continued service I do in Madagascar now, I can see that I have changed in a bunch of little ways.  Living abroad has shown me new ways of living life, of experiencing the things around me, of interacting with people and my community as a whole, and how to enjoy the little things in life that we usually take for granted.  Living abroad has opened my eyes to a whole new and fascinating world.  A world full of people of different walks of life that, in the end, teach me more than I can teach them. 

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