Dear World #4

Hey World,

It's time for the 4th installment of "Dear World!" 

Below is both my letter from the last week, and a guest letter coming from New York!

Hope you had a great weekend!


Marisa R.
Iringa, Tanzania
August 24th, 10pm
Dear World,

Thank you for this Tinga Tinga themed painting hanging in the Vehicle Registration Office at the Iringa Police Station for making me laugh hysterically during a particularly grueling step of the Tanzanian driving license process on Monday. This painting has it all; and that's what I love most about it!
Snakes on a Plane's prequel: Snakes in the Street!
(obviously soon to be beaten with a stick)

Thank you for spontaneity. I'll be posting in the next day or two more about my impromptu weekend trip, but it always seems to be the case that one great thing leads to a handful of other great things. Being spontaneous has gone hand in hand with trying new things, and I haven't regretted anything I've tried yet!

Thank you for cheeseburgers. Did you know that Iringa has everything you need to make a delicious cheeseburger?! - so thank you for well-stocked stores and butchers who know what people need to be happy. I could live here forever and be a happy cheeseburger-consuming woman! 

Finally, thank you for mountains. Thank you for beautiful views from your peaks. Thank you for beautiful flowers on your slopes. Thank you for challenging me in the best way possible. Thank you for changing up the monotony of flatness. You are Earth's best feature.


Felicia F. 
Auburn, NY
Auburn 20th, 2014

Dear World,

This could not be a more perfect time to thank you for all that you have provided me and my family. While we have been through our ups and downs, we have always had the necessities we needs to get by and the support and love of one another. 

While I always wanted to be the person who could make a change in the world, I feel that I have learned these past few years that if I focus on myself and being the best person I can be, in return I will make in impact on people’s lives in my community will have a trickle-down effect, one day possible making an impact on you; however small or large it may be.

This past year I have enjoyed learning more about our environment and what I can do to help change the negative impacts individuals are making on it. I have really focused on giving back to the individuals who need basic resources; such as the children in the Philippines. Thank you to everyone in my community for being so generous. We were able to put 468 pairs of flip flops on the bottom of the feet of children who truly needed them.

“Nothing is impossible, the word is ‘I’m possible’!” – Audrey Hepburn


If you would like to submit a "Dear World" letter, you can email it in with a picture to anytime during the week! 

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