Let's Explore Magazine : 01
This is an excerpt from the story that I wrote in Let's Explore Magazine's issue 01.
As you grow up there is one thing you learn rather quickly. What you have and what you don't. We're born with a feeling that we never have enough and that follows us all the way into our adult years. When is enough, enough? At what point does giving become more important than receiving? It's a crossroads that we all arrive at one time or another. One that I came up to after a trip to Kampala, Uganda. It was there that I found my answer.
My wife and I drove to Chicago on a quick search for a place to live and would be moving from Omaha, Nebraska a couple months later. We only had one day to check out a few places and sign a lease before boarding an international flight to London Heathrow and then onto Entebbe in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. There has always been an itch to irritate the current life we had been living and we felt like the only way to scratch it was to experience life outside of our borders. Life was good in Omaha and we both had our family to fall back on, creating a bit of a safety net for us as a young, married couple. And it was after years of lying in this comfortable safety net that we felt lazy. Not in the physical sense as if our muscles were atrophying but the giving sense. So before Chicago was even in the cards, we planned this trip to a country that we had only heard stories of. Rather than travel through Africa for a couple weeks on our own making memories only for ourselves going further down the road of receiving, we found a non-profit to spend our time serving. Since we invested thousands of dollars into an education of nutrition and exercise this organization caught our eye. Loving One by One (LOBO) hosts groups twice a year to put on health clinics in some of the most underserved areas in the country. Although they serve several hundred people each day they stay true to their name.
With a signed lease in our bag, we stepped onto the plane and found our seats. Even as we sat down we were reminded of how good we had it. There was a small screen that played any movie we wished and at the touch of a button we had a blanket and coffee in hand. The things we wanted to get away from had followed us onto the plane as if to say, "You have so much here. Are you sure you want to leave?" Selfishly, it was easy to say yes, knowing we'd be back in a couple weeks. But that's what we wanted. We were taking this trip hoping to come back without the desire for the things we had grown accustomed to having.