This trip has completely turned my life upside down. Going into this trip I thought I knew what I wanted to do as a profession. I wanted to do something in the music industry. But after working non-stop for two weeks with the amazing people in I-teams, I am back to square one. I don’t know what I want to do. Music and singing specifically are what I love to do but now I’m struggling to find a way to use music to better peoples lives. I want to make a difference in the world. Maybe it’ll be in Rwanda. I don’t know, but I do know that I want to help people in one way or another. My issue is finding a way to do that in a way that I will wake up and be excited to do it each and every day.
Every kid wants to grow up and be successful in life. The norm in America is you go to college, then find a job to support you and maybe a family but I think the problem with that is, people focus too much on the monetary part of it and never really think about “what do I love to do so much that I can do it for the rest of my life?” Lots of people do find that job and I’m so glad to see it. The people that come to mind are the ones that just hosted our group for two weeks. Jen and Serge Kamari. They aren’t ridiculously wealthy but they are comfortable and the important part is, they love what they do. They help people for a living. They host groups like us and change their lives on a weekly basis. They are my role models in that aspect for now. I want to do something like that with my life, although I know it will be in a completely different way.
Two people I met this week were Robby and Stephanie. They were interns with the Kamari family for two years and they do exactly what I want to do. They are helping people during the day but in their free time, they are musicians. We heard them perform at a worship service during the week and I have never felt so compelled to sing along to Christian music. It was an amazing atmosphere and we were surrounded by Rwandan people who were equally, if not more into it. So this trip has changed my life completely. It has made clear to me what i want to do with my life but at the same time has completely screwed with every other aspect of my life. What school to go to, what to major in, it just goes on. But overall I’m extremely grateful for everything that happened on this trip and everyone that helped me to be able to have this experience. It has changed my life in so many ways and I hope it will help me change others lives in the future.