This past Thursday we had another random day off of school – I’m honestly not sure why – so my student council kids and I went on a trip to an organization in downtown Jakarta that rescues, rehabilitates, and educates children that have been living on the streets. The organization has been working in the city for 30+ years, and is really doing incredible things!
On my first teacher’s desk I had a post it that asked: “Am I surviving or thriving?”
The thing that was most incredible about this organization is that they were really encouraging kids to thrive. It wasn’t just survival, just eating and sleeping and getting through the day. It was kids living as a family, receiving an education at their level, experimenting with art, going on exploratory trips around the country, going to a soccer tournament in Brazil, designing and building their dorm with a volunteer architect.
It was a huge inspiration to me that, even when life is hard or I feel like I’m behind the eight ball, I need to be exploring my passions and practicing my talents and giggling and loving people and seeking out those little corners in which I can thrive.