As soon as I entered the premises of Thamarai (the after school initiative I volunteered at for a month), I knew I was in for something much bigger than myself.
Strangely, in today’s day, humanity is beyond what one can expect from people. Naturally I was overwhelmed by how beautifully people treated each other, always being respectful and empathetic.
I taught and observed the kids for a month. I saw their deep sense of respect, gratitude and love for me and the others like me. Sets you thinking, how much difference privilege can make.
I met different people at Auroville, some young some experienced. I went with an open mind, to absorb everything around me. The reason why I brought such a rich experience with myself. It made me realise how much there is to learn every single day, and how we miss out, clearly because of ignorance. We don’t see every person as someone who can offer something substantial. We tend to overlook people that don’t seem too appealing. In Auroville, I met different kinds of people, understood different kinds of situations. It’s weird how often I tend to get myself into situations.
I realised that sometimes people don’t need your opinions, sometimes we must just listen. I listened to a friend pour her heart out to me at midnight in the townhall, told me things about her life that she never told anyone. Sometimes we don’t have to sympathise, just respect their feelings and hear them out. This one day we woke up and just decided to ride the moped and literally ‘go out to get lost’. Another time we decided to go to Pondicherry because we were awake since 4 AM anyway. We watched late night movies on the laptop sometimes because there was no electricity, and nothing to do. We did ugly henna tattoos for each other because the lights were out and the laptop was dead too. She still does not agree her tattoo was ugly. We did some crazy shit over the month learning and growing and helping each other through.
@mitalijoshi26 thankyou for being there, and not being square.