I expected to be handing out sandwiches. I'd signed up to clean a beach. But that's not what happened. All I know is that it was very bad. At times I was totally terrified, and mostly it felt like the most logical thing to do was to walk away. But I didn't. Neither did a small handful of people. And from me, to the other volunteers, to the staff at the UNHCR, to all the people who needed to be processed and registered -- we had no choice but to keep going in the face of an overwhelming tragedy unfolding in front of our eyes. Mainly, we failed. But we all did something greater than that, too. Something far more important: we all tried.
Meghan Rose MacIver
Writer, Yoga Instructor, former Social Worker
Meghan is a Canadian writer and Kundalini pre-natal yoga instructor. Currently, when she is not writing, editing or teaching yoga, she can be found planning her next big trip abroad. Her work has been published in The National Post, CBC, RNW, Elephant Journal and ROOM magazine, amongst others. She holds an MA in Communication from Simon Fraser University.
It's the end of the holy month of Ramadan here in Turkey and as a western yoga teacher living in Istanbul, I'm usually just happy to watch locals celebrate the holiday of Eid around me. But something gave way this year, and I had an opportunity to reflect on my old experiences.
07/16/2015 12:50 EDT
Feeling alone is my hardest struggle, much more than facing the unknown. But loneliness is a near constant during travel. We all feel lonely however, even in our regular lives. Travelling has also taught me how universal it is, how eternal and essential it is to come together.
04/17/2015 12:50 EDT
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