In living in a country like America, we have unique opportunities that many other countries simply do not offer their people. Here, rich or poor, you can affect your destiny; you can change your circumstances! This is the profound reality of going to college or trade school. All I want to do is create opportunities for people, young and old, to live in their purpose and calling. Do what you love to do. The days of working in a job you hate for 25 years are over- the new dawn has come.
Read this article and ask yourself, what could you do with your life? How much more can you be in the world?
Two years ago, I took a trip to India over summer break. I expected to experience new adventures and see famous sights. What I didn’t expect was to live in an underprivileged neighborhood in Southern India.
Nothing could prepare me to see how these people lived.
The people there lived in abject poverty. The homes were made of garbage, plastic and sticks. Every meal was filled with bugs and consisted of a handful of rice. There were no beds; we slept on the ant-infested floor. The children were uneducated and dirty. They bathed in a polluted lake nearby. The kids got up early and worked on chores all day. I didn’t know how these kids could possibly live knowing that their futures were right here in the same village.
One night, I saw all the kids going to an open field. I decided to tag along. The kids had been given a treasure some months ago from a visiting pastor, and it became their prized possession: a soccer ball.
Every night, they came together to forget about their problems and play. They were laughing, smiling and cheering. Gone were the weary, sad faces; they were in their own world now. Nothing in the world mattered except this game. It wasn’t about winning or losing; it was about getting away from the problems of poverty for an hour and being with a treasure that made them all feel rich.
As the slowly came to an end, the kids trudged back to their homes with smiles, prepared to go back to reality, but knowing that their treasure was waiting for them for the next night.
Becca Mathew, 16, is a student at Stevenson High School in Chicago. Becca won $100 for this article.
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