This past summer I went on a mission trip to Jamaica, and that event has had a huge impact on my life. I went with a small group of high school seniors and juniors from my church. On this trip we helped fix up a school and teach vacation bible school to many young children in Jamaica. Two aspects of the trip have had a huge impact on my life. One of them is, I strengthened the friendships I had with the people I went with. Though I have been friends with a few of the people I went with for years, we are now closer than ever. This is very important to me, because I really did need some close friends that would always be there for me.
Another impact this trip has made is I now see the positive aspect in every situation that is handed to me. While in Jamaica, I saw that the people there had very few material possessions and yet they seemed so much happier than most people in America. This has shown me that you can be happy and be positive no matter what your circumstances are. On the last day we were there, we brought some playground toys for the kids to use; the children were overjoyed with having a few balls and squirt guns to play with. Seeing how happy they were with even the simplest things has helped me realize how truly blessed I am and to be happy with what I have. I realized that some people have it so much worse than me, but manage to live a far happier life than I ever have.