My mother’s family is ethnically Samoan, so for Christmas 2004, we went to American Samoa to visit family. Upon arrival, I was upset. I was a 13 year old girl in a place with no malls and one movie theatre and no cable.
However, after spending a few weeks there with my family, I was severely humbled. It was so intensely beautiful there. The water was so clear, that you could see the ocean floor.
All of the beaches were beautiful, and unpolluted. By the time that my trip ended, I was able to accept the simplicity that forms beauty. I also learned that material possesions are not all of that impotant.
There are so many people there that have so little and yet are incredibly happy with their lives. I wish that I had the same attitude.
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