Traveling to Paraguay with some of the best friends and mentors I could ever have, was truly a life changing experience! The 11 day trip, that was filled with unforgettable memories and new found relationships, quickly flew by!
While I was there, the smiles on the girls faces brightened up my life as I began to see life out of a whole new perspective. The girls there were so full of happiness and laughter that every second I spent with them aggrandized happiness in me. They were so happy that we were just trying to interact and have a conversation with them that they didn’t even care if we messed up a few times.
I remember when we went to a school one of the teachers had said that his students and families were so eager for our arrival that they could not sleep and that they got up early so they could prepare for us; this made me feel so loved because they put their hearts into preparing for us—and I could not give anything less back so I began a dance party because even if I wasn’t the best at spanish or dancing, I new that dance was a universal language among all of us that spread joy and laughter.
Now that I am back, I definitely want to incorporate what I had learned in Paraguay into my everyday life. I want to see out of a positive lens in everything that I do and pour my whole heart and effort into even the small things because they can make a big difference. I always wanted to help and make a difference in my community but I never knew how to start, now that I am back, I have realized that helping does not only come from big organizations but it’s starts with me and the people that surround me that I can help and then they will help those who they can help, causing a great ripple effect
One way I am implementing this in my life at the moment, is through my confirmation class at my church. During my 2 year session we do personal growth and outreach projects were we participate in small organizations or random acts of kindness that are open to anyone and effect our community ; they may not be big, but they are definitely something we can do to take action in promoting selfless acts. I believe that when we all do our part, big or small, we will make a positive impact.
Kyla is a 2019 Girls Soccer Worldwide™ Ambassador.
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