It’s been over a year since I first hopped off the plane and arrived in Colombia, and although I’m writing now from Bogota, it’s the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó that was my base for almost that entire time. I can’t speak for everyone, but my time in the Peace Community certainly influenced me. I don’t know if I really have the words to explain how, so bear with me.
It’s been a little over one full year since I left the United States and moved to Colombia to work with FOR Peace Presence. I’ve been thinking a lot about where the time has gone, what’s changed, and what hasn’t.
This year, I learned about isolation and connection. How to stay close to the people I love, even if they are far away. I learned about just how difficult it can be to connect to people from a vastly different experience than me, and that maybe I’m not as open hearted as I’d like to think I am. I saw first-hand the effects of an economic system that privileges the Global North and tyrannizes the Global South.