Many people start their day in Huancayo by picking up something to eat on the street, such as a tamal or bread with fresh cheese and a quinoa drink, and then stopping at the local newsstand to read the headlines.My vocabulary has expanded from reading Huancayo newspapers. Sports and politics are popular topics; unfortunately, the most common and notable words I’ve learned are: ahorcarse (to hang oneself), violar (to rape) and pepera (women who seduce and drug men at parties, clubs or bars to rob them). It’s true that death and domestic abuse are common here, but it makes me wonder about the media’s influence on what occupies Huancaíno thoughts and on the general mood in Huancayo. Have Huancaínos become desensitized, more afraid or grateful for the life they have?
The major headlines of my life right now are:
- “Strep Throat Hits Twice.”
- “Playing Catch-Up Daily But Finding Balance.”
- “Huancayo Celebrations and Me.”
- “Fulfillment from Growing Friendships with People all Over the World.”
What are the major headlines of your life right now? Are they empowering you or holding you back from positive change and growth?