Have you felt it?
05.10.2008 77 °F
So, I wanted to take a second to discuss one of the important topics I´ve been thinking about since I´ve been here. And that would be: discrimination. This is very interesting to me, because it´s not something I expected or thought I needed to prepare myself for on this trip, but it has become a pretty big thing for me down here. Now, I´ve felt discriminated against before at home because I am a female, but I´ve never really felt any discrimination because of my appearance or skin color. And I have absolutely felt that here. It is quite the feeling. One of the biggest places you feel it is the bathrooms, ironically enough. If you appear foreign, you have to pay for the bathroom. And all the while, Peruvians walk past you straight in to the bathroom. I´m not joking. You also seem to get less attention at restaurants and the like. I can´t imagine dealing with this constantly. No wonder people get so upset about it. It´s horrible! It´s such, SUCH a good lesson to be learning. I know it´s nothing like what some people have to deal with, but even a little dose is enough for me. I don´t really have much else to say about it, but wanted to mention it. I am learning so much on this trip. It´s exactly what I needed at this point in my life. And its exactly the right place to have come and visit. Hooray.
Lyric o´the blog:
"Because you never know where life is gonna take ya
And you can´t change where you´ve been
I have the opportunity to choose
Here I am now, lookin at 30
And I´ve got so much to say
Gotta get this off of my chest
Gotta let it go today
I was always too concerned
about what everybody would think
But I can´t live for everybody
I gotta live my life for me
I´ve reached a fork in the road
of my life
Ain´t nothin´gonna happen
unless I decide
And I choose
To be the best that I can be
To be authentic in everything I do
My past don´t dictate who I am.