Day 239: The Young Life Experience

I admit I took very simple things for granted. I grew up with almost everything provided for me – I consider myself as one of those “lucky” people probably born with a silver spoon in my mouth. I depended too much on household helps that it took me 22 years to realize that I don’t know how to survive without someone to rely on. This is what I have learned in Cebu for my week long exposure as a work crew in Young Life Oktober Kamp 2012 – and from the couple of camps I attended this year.

serving rice

This is how we serve rice… 🙂

Before:

I NEVER WASH THE DISHES AT HOME.

I don’t like the smell of leftover food nor the feel of the greasy oil sliding down the plate. I don’t like rubbing my hands on yucky textures especially wet rice grains falling off the utensils. Most of all, I don’t like to tire myself from doing such a chore.

Dishwashing

Observing before doing anything prior to dishwashing. lol

I NEVER COOK FOOD NOR PREPARE RICE FOR EVERYBODY.

I always had that thought that somebody will always prepare it for me. I don’t know who – but there’s always someone. In times that there’s none, I have that thought that “Yeah, I might as well eat out.”

I NEVER SET THE TABLE OR ARRANGE THE CHAIRS.

“Why should I tire myself from setting the table or arranging the chairs, if there’s someone to do that for me?”

I NEVER SERVE BREAKFAST, LUNCH, OR DINNER.

Whenever I had the chance to eat, everything is already in place. All I needed to do was to dig in and burp. That’s all.

dining

Joining some of these highschool kids during the banquet.

I NEVER SWEEP OR MOP THE FLOOR.

I have no idea why I don’t but I have this feeling that I always depend on the household help. That’s the sad reality.

bathroom

Behind us are the “common” bathroom for everyone. Imagine cleaning those! 🙂

I NEVER EVER CLEAN OUR BATHROOM.

“Who wants to, anyway? Do you really want to get your hands dirty and wet?”

All those “I never…” statements made me sound like a typical spoiled kid. Maybe I am and I really don’t want to admit it.

Well, guess what?

team

This was our team in Bacolod City. Same work. 🙂

I washed hundreds and hundreds of plates, bowls, cups, utensils and everything else. I prepared rice good for around 200 people, endured the steam as it wipes my face with mist. I carried stacks of mono bloc chairs back and forth including large tables, and set up the area neatly. I served breakfast, lunch, and dinner with complimentary interaction with the campers and refilling their empty cups with water. I swept the floor as if I was Cinderella, swept it clean and mopped it several times a day. Of course, I tidied up the bathrooms, picked up pieces of undesirable trash, and made it look unused. I never cared if my back hurts nor if my hands were inflamed and peeling, nor the awful smell of rotten fish insides thrown outside, nor the scorching heat. I never cared as long as I am doing them correctly.

Everything that I did during those few days, I did all for the glory of God. With my experience, I became a better person. I became conscious of myself as a servant of the Lord. Above all, I was deeply changed – physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. It was truly a turning point.

I say, it is never too late to try and get out of your comfort zone. Life lessons like these are some PERKS of traveling… It’s great to be a part of something beautiful… 🙂

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  1. I’m the same as you 🙁 it’s really hard to break the habit especially if you’ve had it since childhood. Although I know how to do chores, I don’t do them as often as most people because I had my mother or the house help to do it for me. When I started living alone 9 years ago…until now…I still have feelings of reluctance (laziness) in doing chores. Especially cleaning the bathroom! One of my most-hated chores ever!

  2. I’m trying my very best to train myself in these chores. Even in college I haven’t done much but simply study and do my obligations as a student. “Doing chores” may not be a subject in school but it is one of the most basic and most important things to be learned at home.

    Bathrooms are the worst! hahahahha Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. Good for the ole ‘rich’spoiled’bratty’kid…you are grown-up now then 🙂

  4. thumbs up YoungLifer more blessing to come…. 🙂

  5. Hahaha – All grown up! 🙂

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