in april 2016, i found myself in nepal.
Nepal was never a place I thought I would go. I had heard about Nepal only in relation to Mount Everest, and Tibet, but until actually being there, knew nothing about it, the region, or the history.
In April 2015, just a year before we were there, a magnitude 7.8 Earthquake hit the region. This earthquake was the “deadliest earthquake in the seismically active region in 81 years”, according to World Vision. This earthquake caused multi level buildings to collapse in the capital city of Kathmandu, and around the region. In the mountainsides, landslides occurred due to the quake and villages were destroyed, some of which we saw - had fallen entirely from the mountainsides.
We met many people and discussed the earthquake as well as the aftermath. It was overwhelmingly disappointing to learn about corruption involving donations and charities...After speaking to many people about this, the general consensus is that the best way to help is to physically go to the region, purchase supplies to build new homes, rebuild and provide aid by either physically being there, or supporting a group that you know is physically going there giving aid. Our friend Emma actually did great fundraising to help rebuild a farm after we visited Nepal, which was quite moving to witness.
From our stay in Pokhara, Nepal -a city on Phewa Lake, in central Nepal. We stayed here for awhile to get out of the busy Kathmandu.
That being said, some of the people we had met were some of the most generous people I have ever met, despite having lost everything. It really put into perspective my privilege, and made me realise there is so much outside my own world - my ‘struggles’. We all struggle, but many struggle on a very serious level, having lost their homes, family members and friends, the only things they have - receive little to no aid, yet are still smiling, giving, and kind.
Perhaps having less means living more, having more gratitude for what you do have, and those around you. Each day you are appreciative of life, rather than working hard to live.
Perhaps we often seek value in things, rather what already exists around us, and within us. I know I am often guilty of this - and often seek to remind myself of this.
My time spent in Nepal was extremely humbling. Being here reminded me that we are all human, all trying to be happy, to feel content and loved, and each day we have is a true gift.
Its easy to get caught up in the day to day, however if we seek to search for the beauty in the moment, in what surrounds us, and be grateful for what we have, then we can be present in our lives in each moment, rather lost working hard to life only to have it all pass us by. Theres always something to be grateful for, because we are here, existing and alive.
The Garden of Dreams in Kathmandu.
Though our realities and surroundings may be vastly different, we all face hardships to some degree or another, though it may look different or affect us in different ways, we are all human and ought to remember the divinity within us all, not one over another.
I experienced and lived a month in a world I never imagined myself in, but it reminded me that there is so much to be grateful for, and so much joy to be found, in all circumstances of life. Im grateful for what I experienced while here, it brought me closer to remember we are all here together and reminded me how powerful a simple smile is.