“Quickly!” “Faster!” “I needed that document twenty minutes ago!” “Silly child, what is taking you so long?!” These quotes are commonly found in every single house or office building in America making people worried, confused, and disorganized.
In the world of fast paced people and no areas with the ability to slow down, children are somehow expected to be raised properly. Properly in how we look at the world, how we treat the world, and how we act in the world. However, unless you have taken the time to get out of this non-stop circle of stress and confusion that we in America call life, you will never live.
Going to Belize in 2007 taught me more than any class or professor has ever been able to. It was the silliest thing that truly brought my world into focus for me. Every day you would hear the monkeys call, deafening and quite a rowdy bunch for the ones not used to this way of making boundaries known. Every morning that we were at this little run-down hotel named Aquada, we would awake to these howler monkeys shaking the plentiful green trees that they were perched upon. Just as the sun was coming over the canopy of the rainforest, the collection of vivid reds, oranges, and yellows were make the monkeys go fanatical. You could honestly hear the progression as one would start howling, and then another would have to be assured that his territory was protected, and then a father was making certain that his babies were safe. Over and over this pattern would continue until finally the whole rainforest would be alive with the hum of male protection.
Granted when it is so early and all we wanted was another few more precious minutes of sleep after a long day of hiking, we couldn’t escape the echo of clatter. On the other hand, this constant racket is a reminder that although we take life so seriously and get caught up with the hustle and bustle of the everyday monotony, life is simple. Monkeys call to protect love ones, the rainforest that they live in is indeed the only true home, every day the same pattern and order continue, like in America, but at a pace that allows people tranquility.
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