Getting Off The Privileged Bubble
Could my money be more useful than my non-medical skills? I had to reason with myself about the merits of going on a week-long mission trip. Rationally the answer was a resounding “yes,” but, as it turns out, the answer is a big “no.” At first thought, I have no business being on a medical mission trip. Since I haven’t been able to find a marketing or technology mission trip yet (hey, now that’s an idea!), I decided to join the Cross Point Honduras mission team and brought my 16-year old son, Marcus along. I’m glad I did.
While my money can be used to buy supplies and hire more help, my presence here is more important than just my resources. Here are some thoughts:
Looking into the eyes of the Honduran people, touching them and letting them know they matter is a deep personal experience no funding mechanism can duplicate.
Working for 10 straight hours doing something simple but important ( I did over 200 blood sugar tests yesterday) brings an amazing sense of accomplishment to someone who is used to days filled with strategy meetings, creative briefs, and software feature development.
There’s nothing like walking through muddy streets in a poverty-stricken village to remind myself of how privileged I really am. Interestingly there are no diet drinks to be found around here.The locals need the extra calories. Obesity is no where to be found.
I’m glad I left my privileged bubble and brought my son along. He’s having an education of a lifetime and I’m recalibrating my world view.