Peru and Bolivia - Ryan Kost

Humble Life

Daily scenes near Racchi, Peru. Increasingly, many of us are more disconnected than ever from our natural surroundings. By 2050, it is expected that 70% of the world will live in urban environments. Often, people ask me what first drew me to the Andes of Peru. Well...many still live in connection with the earth, they celebrate it and embrace duality and community. Furthermore, they accept the challenges. Fierce sun, frigid nights, very little money, no grocery store, walking miles and miles to school, growing their own food, living at altitude, lack of access to healthcare, the list goes on....Through it all, they remain. They persevere and are the most humble and generous people you will ever meet. They embody the essence of life. No need to romanticize it, but we have a lot to learn from these cultures, and I have happily found myself feeling more present and at home in this areas than I ever have in any comfort zone, chain store or superficial material culture. Thank you. Truly.

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