And that’s a wrap.
My flight back is soon. I really can’t believe it’s over. I mean, I’m happy to be able to see my family and friends back home again, but I have this lingering feeling in the back of my head of incompleteness. Now, I know I could work my whole life and not get even close to solving certain problems, but that bothers me.
I said my goodbyes. Some Dharmaraju said stuck with me, because it’s something a lot of people have told me as my trip has come to an end. It’s that of all the foreign visitors that came here, I got the closest to them. That really meant a lot to me, because that was one of the only things I had in mind when I came here (something they drilled into our heads at DukeEngage Academy!). I didn’t know how much of a difference I could make, but I wanted to get to know people, because that’s where everything starts – with people. Somayajulu Garu said the same thing: that I was indistinguishable from a local after the first couple of weeks.
And so that’s where I am now. About to go home, happy about it, but still with a sense of unease. I know I accomplished something, and I’m happy about it. I pushed the right people to do the right thing, and I honestly believe that the people that I have come to know and love will be better off because of it.
I suppose my next post will be from my living room back home. And for that, I can’t wait.