This past week has been a week that has sparked an immense amount of personal growth and reflection upon myself.
We began our service learning work at MaT, and met the children from the Delft Township. It was incredibly refreshing to see a group of youth who are so full of energy and joy even if under the circumstances that they may live with. As I played with them, I couldn't help but want to know what their lives were like outsides of this playground area. I wanted to know what obstacles each of them faced outside of MaT, and how they would prevail. It put into retrospect for me, that our happiness should not be measured by the material possessions and the achievements we have encompassed, but instead about the people who support and love is unconditionally is what is most important. While everyone can probably agree that this is true, getting to know the youth made it have a deeper meaning for me.
While most of you may be freezing back at home, we have been suffering a heat wave here in Cape Town that has made being out in the sun for long amounts of time near impossible. I have personally developed a tan that has made me a few shades darker (no complaint). Nonetheless, I am grateful to be experiencing warm weather. One day this week we did some weeding out in MaT's garden (Let me add I do not have a green thumb by any means) however; it was good to be able to give back in the littlest way possible, and made me feel like even though I can't fix the problems of the world, I am making a difference little by little.
We lightened our load a little yesterday, and were able to go to Table Mountain. It was by far the most beautiful view I have ever seen in my life. Pictures won't be able to do this view justice. I think that yesterday was a great day for all of us to step back and just absorb and put into perspective all that we have seen and experienced in this trip thus far. I have begun to get so accustomed to living in Cape Town that even while I miss you back at home; it will be hard to come back in less than a week.