I experienced Kutchh and had an awesome experience...almost in a life changing way...
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I've noticed how people make fun of the way Indian people dress or how skinny they are or whatever it may. However, I pity these people because they live such a false life and are ignorant to the truth. These poor people in any third world country, not just India, live with the least amount of necessities possible. Even if that means having one meal a day, they still manage to value something we sometimes fail to acknowledge, family and respect.
Each and every single person that were helped in Bidada were thankful and appreciated all that was done. How many times do we get pampered by our parents when we're sick and we completely fail to appreciate how they would drop everything in the world, just for us to be more comfortable?
Being a volunteer, having someone sincerely hold your hand and thank you or seeing a mother cry in happiness since her son would be getting an operation free and be saved, brings much more happiness than getting an iphone or a new labtop. I commend Bidada Trustand all their volunteers for all the efforts they have put in helping people who may not be as fortunate as all of us. There were people who would walk 250 km just to see a doctor for free....and this hospital would give them excellent service, housing if needed, food, as well as treatment and medications....sometimes 9 months worth. There are people in this world who would give up everything to make a stranger feel at home and us.... we can't even forgive another person for saying something wrong, because our freaking egos are so much better than that. If we cannot even get past that, how will we ever accomplish anything MEANINGFUL in life?
If you ever have any free time, go and serve your community. and please don't do it for something else to list on your CV. do it for yourself. do it because you want to. and i promise you, you'll grow so much as a person, and you'll realize all those people who emphasize on high school/college drama and stupid hookups are so immature. They'll never be able to fully utilize their possibilities until they get past that. People like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr were visionaries because they wanted to help everyone. So before you make fun of someone else, for being too different from you, realize that until you, yourself, start appreciating people for who they are, you'll never be able to grow or be 'great'.
How many people do we know in the medical professions that are good at what they do but they'll never be great? The difference is all in acceptance...Those people who we look up to because they're great doctors or great pharmacists are great because they want to help, not for the money, not for the title, but because they want to better the community. people like our parents...people like our teachers and coaches. and yes realistically theres so much bullshit out there...lawsuits, and people who shouldn't be earning as much as they do...but I guess my whole point is....have faith and hope....if theres a hospital in India that could serve their community, theres hope that there are people all over the world who simply want to help. So don't just think that because the majority of people work just for money...you should too...
Consciously or unconsciously, everyone of us does render some service or another. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and it will make not only for our own happiness, but that of the world at large. - Mahatma Gandhi
Don't do something that goes against your conscious. Just be True to yourself.
***If anyone is interested or wants details/pictures of the camp, feel free to message me.