May 22nd, 2019
Thoughts right now
I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would have the opportunity to go to a place where forgiveness and perseverance is the strongest weapon. When I'm low-spirited I seem to never find light. I only find what I think I should see instead of what I need to see. There is light somewhere waiting for me to finally see. Maybe once I touch that sacred land the light will touch me. However, I'm not going there just to benefit myself but to learn how to love and how to use love through community building and story building. I'm leaving here with a small village but our village will only grow tremendously within our time there. The children that see me shall see my heart before myself. I find myself trapped in my mind thinking negative thoughts about myself. Thinking I can't help others because I can't help myself. However, I have the will power and strength to help others before myself and I want to do so. Helping others helps me. It helps me learn different things about myself and understand that I am different but I'm not so different to the point where I'm not deserving of my own love. I'm going to a place where forgiveness and perseverance is the strongest weapon. I need to use those weapons against my inner self to fight all that is dark and negative. I want to push it all out and bring in all light and positivity. Rwanda, I thank you in advance. I thank you for being my first out of the country place to visit. I'm thankful that I'm going to Rwanda to use theatre to help children and their teachers. I would love to see one day the United States do what Rwanda did and that's come together as one to continue to build through love, forgiveness, and perseverance.
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My name is Janae' Leonard and I'm a senior Theatre major at Buffalo State. Since I was a little girl I always dreamed of traveling and seeing the world. The one place where I dreamed of going was to Africa. The motherland, the place where life started. I want to go to Rwanda to experience different cultures, hear stories, and learn how to not only love myself but how to give and show love to others in different ways. I want to show people in Rwanda that they matter and their stories matter. It took me a while to understand that I mattered and that my story matters and so I want to show what I learned and express it through love. I plan to go to Rwanda open minded and open hearted. I want to take in as much as I can and bring it back home with me where I can share everything I learned and felt through story, song, acting and other mediums.