Heartbreak and Highlights

What’s up everybody? Just want to give you a little update since it’s been a minute. I traveled back to Uganda from a 10 day break in the states about a month ago and I’ve been non-stop busy since I touched down.

I also haven’t been writing as much as I should. I am finding that the motivation to write down my thoughts and feelings comes in waves. I think the wave effect is due to my inability to properly articulate what living in Uganda is really like in just a simple blog post. There are so many things that I have seen, felt, and heard that I myself don’t even know how to comprehend. How am I supposed to put something into words, when I don’t even understand it?

What I do know is that while I was back in the states, people would ask me, “How’s Uganda? What’s life like there?”, and I would give the generic answer of, “It’s great, really life changing”, but in reality, my experience has been so much deeper than that. It’s been heartbreaking.

Not in a destructive way, but in a positive way. I’ve learned a lot about heartbreak since I have been here, whether it’s about my personal struggles, the struggles of others, relationships or just life in general. Living here has taught me not to shy away from how I am truly feeling deep down, which was something I used to completely avoid. Living here has taught me that it’s okay to feel heartbroken. It’s okay to feel heartbroken because my heart is a muscle and just like any other muscle, it needs to be broken down in order to grow. I am challenged everyday with situations that cause my heart to break, but I embrace it because I know it’s making me stronger. It’s making me stronger for my family and friends in Uganda. It’s making me stronger for my family and friends back in the US. Most importantly, it’s helping me grow to be the best son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, friend and man that I can be.

Whew…okay enough with the deep stuff Patrick, lets get into the dope stuff…

Alright alright say no more, let me tell you about some of the dopeness that has transpired since I have been back. To kick it off, I went to a music festival called Nyege Nyege in Jinja, which happens to take place on the Nile River. Yes, imagine a dark, muddy, majestic, musical labyrinth full of awesome people vibing out alongside the Nile. Pretty cool huh?

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The next weekend, my best pal Zeke flew all the way from California to hang here and perform at a little music festival called the iKnow Concert Series. And by little I mean OVER 14,000 PEOPLE IN ATTENDANCE. No that’s not a typo, you read it right, 14,000 people. And we were supported and surprised by some super awesome friends (shouts to you, you know who you are!) I don’t want to talk about it too much because I may or may not have another celebrity guest blogger make an appearance *cough cough* Zeke 🙂

 

As I sign off I just want to thank you for all the love and support you send this way. Love and miss you!

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3 thoughts on “Heartbreak and Highlights

  1. You are such a wonderful writer Patrick! Keep writing. I love your journey. Prayers for safety and many more wonderful memories to be made. Miss you and love you! Auntie

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  2. Thank you so much sweet boy ( young man) for letting me go on this journey with you. I agree with Heather you are a wonderful writer. God bless you as you continue to make memories that will be a part of you forever. I love you. Grandma

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  3. Ugh, I love this so much. I’ve had this conversation a lot lately and I think you articulated it BEAUTIFULLY. I hate that you’re experiencing the pain associated with living there bc it is limitless if you really stop and take it in. But, man it is such a blessing to know that you are seeing the joy and beauty in that pain. Praying for you. I’m always here if you need to chat. I’m excited to see how this journey concludes for you. Also, secretly hoping you find an amazing opportunity in DC.

    Talk soon. Love your face! Miss you like crazy.

    Amanda Sent from my iPhone

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