The nine days I spent in this marvelous, vibrant, essential country gave me many more gifts than the ones I packed in my suitcase to bring home to family and friends.
My time in Senegal awakened a deep connection for me to this world, and I'm now in the process of unveiling the layers of recognition and amazement while trying to fit back into the life I was living before I got on the plane eastward two weeks before. As always, I struggle with my life's meaning and what possibly my contribution can be to this world, and now I look at all that I have and all that I do with new eyes and a newfound appreciation for the blessings that have been bestowed upon me through the fact of my birth into this station and this place and time.
I am, as always, transformed by my experiences and consider each rebirth into this world a gift and a blessing and also a responsibility which I take most seriously and never a moment for granted.
I shot photos with impunity while I was there (I fear I may have a permanent impression over my right eye from the viewer on my camera)--about 1100 exposures, to be exact. I can only hope there are at least a few that really help to tell the story of my visit and my education while I was there. I also have a hope (now not so secret) that if any form of fortune came from their publication, I could contribute that in some meaningful way to those whose images made it possible. but where to start? in a place where nothing is wasted and still there is so much need, how can one possibly know where to place one's small contribution in such a way that it will truly effect a positive, lasting change?
It is my sincere wish that you, too, can have an experience, either abroad or at home, that gives you the opportunity to cherish, in a moment, your life so dearly.