The other day, I read an article that outlined a certain interview with a certain someone on a certain topic. Helpful, right? Well, I felt that the sentiments of the article really resonated with me, but not in the context in which they were spoken. For this reason, I’ve taken pieces of the interview and changed just eight words or phrases to highlight one of the most challenging parts of my Peace Corps experience: living in a spotlight under constant scrutiny. While it’s pretty bleak, I’ll add a disclaimer that I of course don’t always feel this way. Take a gander below and let me know if you can identify the true orator of these words. *Hint* It’s someone you all should know!
“You get lonely, you know, when you’re [living 30 miles away from anyone that remotely understands your culture],”
“I just want [Malawians] to know I’m human. I’m struggling just to get through the days. I think a lot of people are,”
“People see the [happy moments] and the amazing stuff, but they don’t know the other side. This life can rip you apart.”
“And I feel isolated. You’re in your [house] and there are [people yelling] all around, [children] following you everywhere, and it gets intense.”
“When you can’t go anywhere or do anything [in peace] you get depressed. I would not wish this upon anyone [who can’t appreciate all of the better parts of Peace Corps service].”
So as I warned, it’s pretty grim. Yet, I promised to keep my blog as honest as possible and I truly believe that a lot of volunteers feel this way at some point of their service, including myself. As we’ve been told countless times, you’ll experience your highest highs and your lowest lows during service. All you can do is persevere and remind yourself of the reasons you signed up.
Okay, so who said these manipulated words?
The answer is…..
Justin Bieber! (Talking about the pressures of being famous). The true article can be found here.
And who were you thinking?