Today we toured the Nyungwe National Park's Canopy walkway. While we were at Nyungwe Park we saw many monkeys and their babies, tall trees, nature sounds, etc. We walked downhill at the beginning. We walked for almost an hour to reach the 3 suspension bridges. I learned that on that bridge there are 3 suspension cables spanning 170 meters. The main span is 86 meters high and 70 meters above the forest floor. Most of us were afraid of the suspension bridge but we didn't let our subconscious mind wander through the darkness or let us down from our fear and comfort zone. We rather expect fear when going through the suspension bridge. From my perspective, while crossing the bridge, in the beginning, I felt sick in my stomach. I didn’t know what reaction to make, so what I kept saying to myself is that no matter what no fear will pass by if you don’t step in it and that’s what I did. I didn’t rely on my emotions or my comfort zone to take charge of me. The best version of myself is all that I should be striving for in my life, as my goal, and as my responsibility. The suspension bridge has taught me that in life we must dedicate ourselves to doing the things we are afraid of. Therefore, we shall get that self-release and feel like we are capable of anything in this life as long as we have faith and believe in God and ourselves.
The main objective of the day is to create peace. People's beauty connects them to each other. The most valuable thing that I have always kept in mindis that we have learned the value of forgiveness. We learned how it feels to be in someone else’s shoes. Let’s follow along with the flow. We visited Urukundo Learning Center, where we saw chickens, cows, and pigs, and the school, Guss room, and dental clinic. Afterward, we also toured Mama Arlene's house, which was filled with African traditions and decorations. Mama Arlene did a fantastic job with how she used her skills and senses to build the school, dental clinic, etc. Yesterday's tour showed us that everything is possible as long as we dedicate ourselves to it with effort, determination, and consistency. Therefore, "whatever you believe you shall achieve” is a promise to continue to do our very best each and every day. Our daily pride and gratitude should be based on this inspiring quote. Let's use Mama Arlene's courage and determination as a source of inspiration to achieve our own dreams and goals. In order to make her quote an inspiration and to never lose faith in our own abilities, let's strive to make her quote a motivation for all of us.
As-salamu alaikum it is my pleasure to introduce myself as Makka Djibrine, a sophomore majoring in International Relations and minoring in Fashion Design at Buffalo State University.