In all honesty, I am exhausted. I feel like I am getting less sleep than at the beginning of the trip and the work I do for our class throughout the day now seems to take more energy. I am feeling the fatigue set in as each night it seems like I will pass out and staying awake in the afternoon becomes more and more of a struggle. I also started to feel afraid of how my fatigue would affect my attitude. However, I have not let my fatigue take over my time here in Brazil. I find the fight against it difficult, but not something that I cannot handle. As my fatigue kept building I received a much-needed reminder that while I am in Brazil I should be immersing myself in the culture instead of letting my tiredness negatively impact me.
I am not much of a dancer and I felt like most of my energy had already been drained so when my roommate told me that he was going to go samba dancing I immediately thought that he would be on his own. However, to my surprise I found myself joining him later that night. When we arrived I found myself in a space that seemed to not have enough room for everyone who was dancing plus the house band. I found a nice spot in the corner with some other people from my class and sat. I swayed to the music and I thought that this would be the extent of my “dancing” for the night. Of course, I was wrong and soon found my self on the small dance floor with my classmates. Somehow I was actually dancing and somehow I was actually enjoying it. I felt awkward at first, but those feelings soon disappeared as I became more and more drawn to the music. I stretched my comfort zone and experienced a new part of Brazilian culture. It also turned out to be exactly what I needed to combat my fatigue and to stay positive.
My experience dancing reminded me of how important it is to stretch my comfort zone, to try new things, and to immerse myself in the culture. I have loved my time in Brazil, and I want to keep loving every moment. If I let my fatigue get the better of me I do not think that I will be able to meet this goal. I have learned the importance of fully experiencing the culture of Brazil. This experience has also helped me to realize that I should be stretching my comfort zone at home and not only in a different country. I learned something that would not have been possible if I had stayed home because I was too tired. I am still tired, but I look forward to making more new memories while I am still in Brazil.