I count myself so fortunate to have lived in another country and experienced another culture. It was the only way that I was able to appreciate the good and bad of my own culture.

1blujay 1blujay
46-50, M
1 Response Feb 11, 2010

I can totally relate! I spent a year abroad working in a charity school. The people in this particular area of the country lived in dire poverty and this school was the only hope of any kind of education for these children. The children were so dirty that we had to wash them as they came in every morning to control disease and head lice. I got sick 8 times during my stay. One time I was so sick that I was in bed for two weeks and don't remember the time passing by.The children would come to school with a sandwich wrapped in dirty newspaper and it looked like they had been wearing their clothes for weeks and they were the more fortunate ones! I never take anything for granted and feel so thankful for the small things in life like medical care and clean water and food. I think that it is highly beneficial to live in a poverty stricken country for a period of time in order to appreciate the many blessings we have in the United States. Most of the time people live in a bubble and don't have a clue what is going on beyond their world of sports and what is going on in their little town. It's easy to become spoilt and complain over insignificant things that don't matter when you look at the 'big picture'. It changed my perspective on life forever.