Identity and Life

Topics: Peru, Identity, English-language films Pages: 4 (1685 words) Published: November 13, 2013


Experiences in life shape and set the way we live life. My experiences have guided me into finding my identity. I discovered my true identity on my my first mission trip to Peru. It was a discovery that I never could have imagined. My one sided view of the way life should be lived took a complete one eighty degree turn. My next few missions trips opened my eyes to a new reality, leading my life to use my identity to help others in their own growth.

It was in 2008 when I went on my first mission trip to Peru. I was thirteen and very immature; however, I thought the complete opposite. I went on this trip with the expectations that I would not have a good time. I didn’t like the idea that I was leaving California for two weeks during the end of my summer to go somewhere that I had no choice in going. Every single thought and expectation that I had were proven to be all wrong. While I was in Peru, I was greeted daily by some of the most loving and caring people I had ever met. These people showed me how selfless a person could be. Living a life without the necessities that I thought we were so critical like a cell phone, makeup, and the latest fashion was not the slightest of concern to them. The people I met in Peru were mainly of the poor class. These poor people in Peru had very little money, but they had hearts filled of gold. Although being able to feed their family for the week is a constant struggle, they remain to appreciate life to the fullest while loving and embracing everything around them. Witnessing all of these occurrences, my mind was expanded and I felt rediscovered to a type of living life I had never felt.

On the same mission trip I participated in a various amount of clinics and organizations with the church, Camino de Vida, centered in the city of Lima. My church group and myself worked in a few medical clinics, where we worked with doctors, dentists, and nurses. We helped with giving antibiotics to the sick,...
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