Woven Words

Yosili Amador is a Practical English for Success (PES) volunteer serving in a pueblo in Atlántico, Colombia.

Ay mi Colombia hermosa! Mi dulce pesadilla. Every day te vivo pero sometimes your heat, la soledad, and the abundance of “cojela suave,” drive me a little bit to the edge.

Es que sometimes I don’t know what to do?

How do I stay sane en un lugar que siento que is a part of me but it’s not me at all?

Cada día que pasa, te amo más, mi Colombia hermosa. Being a volunteer sólo puede describirse como sweet and sour. I often hear words that are weaved by mi familia and amigos from back home in an attempt to keep me inspired; “I’m so proud of you!” “You’re the best! I wouldn’t be able to do what you do.” Pero tengo que admitir que eso no ayuda.

“Put on pants” es la quote favorita from one of my favorite peeps here. Eso si me ayuda.

“Let’s go grab a donut?” “Let’s go watch the sunset!” son los hangouts favoritos of my site mates.. Y eso también ayuda.

That’s what keeps me going. Ese random message, que pops up on my phone, from another volunteer. Esas palabras sin aliento pero que hablan en high volume son mi motor that push me to continue.

Siendo honesta vine y estoy aquí por la gente Colombiana but I would be lying if I didn’t admit que mi sanidad son my Peace Corps family.

Some mornings it’s almost impossible to get out of bed, pero I do it anyways. Encuentro passion y inspiración en cada persona que ha tocado mi corazón. I stay in touch con mis queridos voluntarios; I listen to their stories and find strength in their words.

También me gusta escribir, la poesía es amor, inspiración, creatividad, and the answer to one’s darkest thoughts. When everything else fails, I sit and I write.

My own words give me the most strength of all.

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