I was born and raised in Ohio. I grew up in a small town that’s unknown to those even only twenty miles away. I did everything expected of me: went to a good school, came to college, grew up, got a job, and little of that all has meaning. They’re milestones on a road meant for so much more—so much magis. My junior year of high school, I was able to go to Ecuador on a service immersion trip. It wasn’t a requirement. It wasn’t like anything I’d ever done before. It was a whole new world—one referred to as a “third world.” Yet, people so often forget that we all live in the same world, one world—this world.
Ecuador was the beginning of a road of more. I met people who were able to be happy in a world I’d never before experienced. They were able to find the magis in simpler things, in the people they found surrounding them. It was there I began to see justice not simply, but as something more. My own personal view of justice became more: it became this idea that there was more to the world than what an average American sees on a normal day. There are faces and places and wonders seen only by those who have the most reason to complain.
So now, I work for that greater view, for that ability to see more and be more for the people whose voices are forgotten, despite the fact that they are stronger than most. The voices that call for more…more of an appreciation for what I have, for what we all have, so that we can have justice.