As I live, work, and serve in Peru once again, only this time as a United Nations intern, I am in awe of the extraordinary work that has been done, and that continues from those who devote themselves to the World. Whether you are a MIIS professor, UN worker, a devoted nurse, brave soldier, loving mother, inspiring grandfather and good human being, Thank you. Thank you, for fighting against the odds, strategizing, persevering, falling and getting back up, running on empty, and not giving up. You are a hero, you take into account equity, ethics, and a universal love, and you are contributing towards the development of the world, which includes all Nations.
Although the current news has been causing a painful emotional whiplash among many (including myself), the extraordinary work of the Peace Corps continues today. Below is a reminder of the good.
*The content in the post below post was written when I served as a PCV, in 2014. But, similar projects continue today all over the globe.
A real life hero does not fly, have superhuman strength, or a skeleton made of steel. Today, a hero has the ability to put the world first due to an innate hunger to serve. Below I acknowledge a very small number of those heroes who I had the privilege of serving with. They are the humble warriors who put aside two years (or more) of their lives to create impact.
|A hero is someone educating, advocating and fighting against female violence|
|A hero is someone protecting endangered species, not seen in any other part of the world|
|A hero is giving the opportunity to those whose voice has yet to be heard in some countries, to cognitively and physically improve|
|A hero is someone who thinks far beyond the expectations, is creative, and makes extra time to create a project on artisanal soap.|
|A Hero is someone who illuminates care and positive energy in order to motivate others.|
Their projects/careers are the tips of the iceberg; beneath exists the true fulfillment. The integration slowly looses its borders, and one day they forget about the environmental obstacles. This life, becomes their home.
|A hero becomes a chameleon and ONE with their surroundings by generating a love so powerful that it leads to proudly committing to becoming a Godmother to two beautiful Godsons.|
|And in some cases, the hero gets to beautifully collide their two worlds; an exchange of language and stepping outside of your comfort zones, to spread and soak up the love.|
|A hero fights against all odds with perseverance and strength, without giving up, despite the stomach infections, health conditions, and environmental challenges.|
There are over 8,000 PC volunteers in the world, over 200 in Peru, and here I am, making small dents in my corner that connects to the whole world. I am a part of a team and family that I believe in, respect and honor. While I don't see myself as a hero, I see myself as a part of a vision that I will continue fighting to sustain.