The certainty of the future is never guaranteed, and that is something that scares us all. But uncertainty shouldn’t always be faced with fear, but optimism. With an uncertain future comes the freedom of pursuing your dreams in the manner of your choice. Embrace the uncertainty, live day by day, and know that life always moves on.
My Trip to the Amazon Jungle - June 2013
One week going up the river, sleeping in hammocks, fending off the hordes of mosquitos, hunting for crocs, and avoiding anacondas…. and man I’d do it all again.
It’s easy for mankind to become complacent to the human condition when all we’re used to are Big Macs and Lamborghini, but this trip changed all that for me. We visited various remote villages accessible only by boat to provide social services such as healthcare, optometry, as well as other services to the population in the Amazon known as the “Ribeirinhos.”
The Ribeirinhos live at the edges of the many branches of the Amazon river in communities varying from 3 families to 50+ families (and trust me their definition of three families is enough to be considered a village.) They mostly make their living by means of fishing and agriculture, where they sell their products to merchants passing by or if they are fortunate enough to have a boat, take it directly to the big cities themselves. The villages are the bare minimum of anything you could expect, wooden shacks of usually 2 rooms, where the entire family usually shares the space. The greatest problems these communities face often occur during the wet season where the river sometimes floods out entire farms and communities. I definitely recommend researching them more (don’t want to bore everyone with facts!)
I can honestly say I fell in love with these people. Even when living in total poverty, with little to no healthcare, and often times amidst unsanitary conditions, you could see that these people were generally happy and all they really needed was to be shown love and compassion by others. It makes you think how we have practically everything we could ever need still so many of us live out miserable lives where we impose the misery upon ourselves. The Ribeirinhos taught me what it means to be human, to be content with what I have, to love and cherish those around me.
God bless these people tremendously and I definitely hope to visit them in the future once again.