As a national capacity building provider team, we love to travel the country and meet the amazing people who are working every day to make a better tomorrow.  We love providing trainings where we not only teach about the changing healthcare field but where we also learn from community members. We hear of the blood, sweat and tears that goes into trying to reach an AIDS-free generation. The work is not easy. There is a long road still before us. However, there is also hope. Considering where we began in the HIV fight, we have come a long way.


While we love traveling to and from diverse communities across the country and meeting new people on every trip. We also dread that security line.  It seems nowadays that every airport has its own rules. For some airports you have to take out your laptops, others you do not. The frustrating part of it all?  We never know which airport is going to demand laptops out versus laptop in cases. Every airport becomes a guessing game in terms of protocols. Just came back from Orlando where we were yelled at when we took our laptops out of the bags and put them on the conveyor belt. Apparently, the rule there was to keep then in the bag. Or at least, I should say the rule at that particular airport on that particular day.  Of course, we care about security measures and dutifully comply with the ever-changing rules.  We just wish there was a bit more consistency. At the very least it would be wonderful if we could discover and fully implement teleportation technology.  How cool would that be?


You ask me what is one chore or task of our work that is a bit tiresome. The airport security line would be it. However, almost always once we get through that line, board the plane and arrive at our destination, we get to meet a ton of hard-working inspiring people.  Here’s to the hard-working folks who work hard every day to attain social justice.

By: Miriam Y. Vega @miriamyvega

Post inspired by the daily prompt of: Back on the Chain Gang


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