Okay so this post was supposed to go out yesterday and be a “Throwback Thursday” but in true Trisha fashion that didn’t happen (are we surprised?) and it became a “Flashback Friday” instead. Honestly, I’m just proud I published this the same week that I planned it. Normally I’ll think about a post and I won’t get around to writing it for a while so this is a major accomplishment for me #littlevictories. Okay now that I’ve got the unnecessary explanation out the way let’s talk about something more interesting, shall we?
This time last year I was on my way back from one of the most rewarding trips of my life where I was in Haiti for the summer to work on a research project. It wasn’t my first time in Haiti and it definitely wasn’t my last. As a daughter of Haitian parents, it’s really important to me that I stay connected to my culture and that I give back to the country and it’s people. The other day, I was procrastinating via Youtube and I watched a video of a popular YouTuber named Judy who went to the Philippines for a missions trip. Watching her videos of her trip made me think back to all of my trips to Haiti and to other countries where I’ve done global health work. Upon doing so, I realized that this time last year I was flying back to the U.S. and readjusting to American life after spending over a month living on island time in Haiti. I’m very appreciative that I’ve had many opportunities to spend long amounts of the time in the country and soak up the music, the smell of the delicious food, the fresh fruits, the beautiful beaches, and so much more.
During my time of reflection and reminiscing about my trip I remembered one of my favorite Haitian proverbs, which says:
Piti piti zwazo fe nich (little by little, the bird makes his nest).
I loved it so much I got it printed onto a pillow while I was there. Personally, right now is a hard season… I’m in my 3rd year of medical school, I’m trying to figure out what exactly what I want to do when I finish, and so many other things. And like I shared before, it also doesn’t help that it seems like everyone else around me has life all figured out and I barely have a map.
I’m going to consciously try to remember what Haiti taught me last year and I’m going to actively try to apply it to my life this season. Piti piti, the research will get done. Piti piti, I’ll knock off the things on my to do list. Piti piti, I’ll get closer to figuring out exactly how I want to use my MD degree after I graduate. Piti piti, I’ll figure out the purpose of it all.
Avèk anpil lamou (with lots of love),
Oh and of course, I wouldn’t talk about my favorite place without sharing photos. Here’s a few of my favorites from my last trip! Unfortunately there wasn’t much time/ opportunities to travel out of the capital and I spent all of last summer in Port-au-Prince. I did make friends and found opportunities to escape to the mountains for hiking trails, cooler air, and beautiful green views!
P.S. First off if you made it this far then YAY! If you are doing work/ know of any reputable organizations doing work in Haiti then please let me know. In the past I’ve worked with different organizations and clinics in Haiti and I’m looking to get involved again and form new partnerships/ relatinoships. Feel free to share in the comments below or you can send me an email via the contact tab above.