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Breaking out of Bubbles

I am very grateful for Ameena's willingness to share her experiences with us. I invite you to read on, see the world and be inspired. Romana
I began my summer holidays with the same mind set as any other 2nd year university student. I had the intentions of traveling and volunteering abroad, however I write now because I’ve returned from my venture inspired, motivated and moved, I have a new way of thinking…

I chose to go to Peru for a month volunteering at an orphanage and worked with a group of 4-year olds. Leaving Toronto, I had no idea of what an impact these kids would have on my life. Let’s just say I have come home a changed person. I say changed because being with the kids 8 hours a day, 7 days a week, you begin to realize how ungrateful we all are and how much we all take for granted. It opened up my eyes to the harsh reality of things, to the real world. I got an insight into the lives of these under-privileged kids who are born to die in misery, heartbreaking but sadly true. This experience more than anything has taught me to be grateful for our blessings. We should all feel blessed by the many mercies that the Almighty has bestowed upon us. These kids had nothing, yet they seemed to be as happy as any 4-year old could be!

This life altering experience also gave me an opportunity to think, what makes me so different from these kids? Why do I get to enjoy the luxuries of living in Canada? Who decides and why? There are so many questions and not enough answers. We are given our lives to live for a reason and it is up to us of what we make of them. I feel that it is such experiences that make our lives worth living!