My very first night living in Huanchaco I walked to the beach and I watched the sunset over the ocean. I remember watching the sky change into colors of yellows, oranges and reds, and being overwhelmed thinking of how much my life may change over the next two and a half months.
Watching the sunset has become part of my routine since living in Huanchaco. It’s the time that I’m able to cut out of my day to reflect on myself. I’m able to take out a moment from the car horns, street vendors, and playing children to have a moment that I can listen to my brain think. As I now only have a few more sunsets left in Peru, I’m amazed at how much I have learned about myself and about life.
It’s easy to get so caught up in the day to day frustrations and to lose sight at how amazing life is. Watching the sunset was my time to refocus and acknowledge that the struggles of the day are sometimes what push me the hardest to improve.
Volunteering in Huanchaco is incredible and one of the best things I’ve experienced, but it’s also challenging and requires patience and hard work. But just find your time. For me it was watching the sunset, maybe yours is while riding the bus. Find the time to decompress and reflect back on the day. While watching the sunset I’ve realized that sometimes the small actions can have the biggest affect.
This blog was written by Kaitlin O’Brien.