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Perspective from Nicaragua

Updated: May 23, 2019

Amanda Sowards Humanitarian of the Year in Nicaragua

Stop. Right now. Look around you. Everything that surrounds our westernized culture revolves around electronics, technology, gadgets, social media and ultimately how we want to paint the picture of what we want to portray as our reality. We are so consumed with how we want to project our image that we forget to actually live in reality. Now I love a good selfie, but that's not what I'm talking about. I love capturing moments and telling a whole story through a single millisecond in time with a photo. When we are only living our life within the millisecond of time and the rest tediously trying to keep up appearances, is it really worth living? The time I spend in Nicaragua always reveals life lessons and wisdom I gain personally from the people. There are no video games, no cable tv, no snapchat, no Netflix and chill. It is an authentic sense of community, family and human interaction. The people and the culture revolve around the simplicity of meeting basic needs & embracing the love of humanity for one another. They spend quality time communicating face to face, laughing, playing games and appreciating the natural beauty that surrounds them. Yesterday I played jump rope. I unplugged and truly embraced the simplicity of joy you get from human interaction. There is so much to learn from this type of living & loving. Remember to put down the phone, turn Netflix off, stop just chilling, get up and start living.


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