Tag Archives: Genesis

ROOTS

Let us, as humans go back to our roots and live by the laws of nature. We can’t fight with the world we live on. We try so hard nowadays to be sustainable, a phrase that is nothing more than just that, a phrase. If we truly want to be sustainable we must abide by the rules set before us. These rules are simple to see and easier to follow. The sun comes up in the morning and goes down in the evening. We get full when our hunger is satisfied and we become tired when we need rest. All these rules are easily  followed; eat when you are hungry, sleep when you are tired. What more is really needed? Being a doctor should not be a specialty but rather common knowledge. We should all know what medicine is good for what ailment; and how to use plants and food to heal ourselves. Follow these simple rules and life will lead you to do what you NEED to do.

By: Genesis Napel

The Real World

Wake up bright and early

Go back to sleep

Need more rest

Huddled up in my cocoon

The warm embrace feels so good

Dream of home

The garden in the backyard

The fruits of all the plants

My mom watering the tomatoes

Jack screaming on the other side of the door

Delilah singing

Wait

Deb singing

Time to come back to the now

Till next time

Genesis Napel

I Love Everything About Mexico

I love everything about Mexico. The people are all so nice and generous, offering you whatever they have. You could walk up to any random person on the street and start a conversation. All you have to do is have enough courage to test your Spanish skills. Today a group of kids from the local town came out to our camp to hang out with us for the day. We all started out a bit awkward till one of us decided to break the ice and start a simple conversation, consisting of ‘como te llamas’ and ‘de donde eres’. Before you know it we were all boogie boarding and having a jolly good time. Later in the day we all opened up and began to have more regular conversations with each other. We shared lunch, played futbol and talked some more. The key to cross cultural communication is to just give it your best shot. Because practice makes perfect. All in all today was a really good day. I love Mexico.

By: Genesis Napel

Bouldering

I miss it so much even though I’ve only done it a couple of times before. I miss the way your arms feel on fire and the shortness of breath as you hang on for dear life even though you know that your belay will catch you if you trust them enough to believe in them. Today I did not climb with ropes or belay or even up, rather I climbed sideways (bouldering) on the tidal rocks just down the beach from our camp. Even though it didn’t give me the adrenaline of being 30-feet off the ground it still felt good all the same. I put rock-climbing way higher on my life list and today I realized that I really need to stick to that. Not only is it insanely fun and exciting, but I feel good at it and think I could go a long way with it.

Rough rock

strange looking bumps

great holds

not up but sideways its all the same

stretch reach for it

got it good don’t slip

hold on tight

just for pretend

nothing really at stake

just some good old fashion fun

test your skill

no matter the size of the rock

climb in any direction

get back to it

don’t stop

stay in accordance with the life list

let the list guide your life

By: Genesis Napel

Crossing The Border

On the 16th of February we left our campground in San Diego and headed for the Mexican border. We made a quick stop in San Ysidro to change our money. We noticed right away how different the culture and heritage was incorporated into the money. On the pesos there were pictures of native tribes and local vegetables. We instantly saw that they had a deeper connection to their roots and natural history.

We all worked ourselves up thinking that crossing the border would be a long, stressful process. But we were surprised by the relative simplicity and quickness of it. The first thing that caught our eyes was the soldiers with their fully automatic weapons, and MARINA clearly printed across their chests. We parked, had our visas checked, and just like that we headed into Tijuana. Throughout our lives we had been subjected to images of Mexico being a place of solace and beauty. This was so much more.

Tijuana was the embodiment of poverty. America wasn’t what the world was like. This was what the world was like, and it got much worse. The thing we noticed right away was the huge fence looming over us that separated Mexico from America. On one side you had the Mexican fence, which was made up of 8ft high pieces of sheet metal that hung from a weak frame. But on the other side huge cement pillars topped with barbed wire advertising a clear message of Keep Out. The group found ourselves wondering why we had to separate our country from such a beautiful and close neighbor. Crossing the border was an eye-opening experience and none of us expected what we saw.

By Alex Depavloff & Genesis Napel