When I shot this picture, I didn’t realize how deep and captivating this woman would stick out to me until now. In a single snap, I hope to have captured the hardship she may have faced throughout her lifetime. I wonder if she still sees the world as a beautiful place, or if all the difficult things she’s seen in her lifetime have made it hard for her to see the beauty that lies within our humanity.

Cambodia has taught me that history does repeat itself if the world turns a blind eye. A slight shift in history impacts a society psychologically, and things are the way they are because of it. Leaving Cambodia, I think the most important lesson I’ve learned is to be generous. Yes, there are a lot of problems in the world; but if we shut ourselves out, become ignorant to the problems in our world, and then history would and could possibly repeat itself.

I will not forget to be generous. When you can do things without expecting anything in return, that is the ultimate meaning of life. I’m grateful that I have the opportunity, chance, and choice to be generous. Thanks, GCP. Travel with Meaning.