“Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great… You can be that great generation.” – Nelson Mandela, 2005
This is it.
I’m sitting on the window seat 29K – I luckily got the spacious exit aisle – of Malaysia Airlines on my way back down under. Six months have passed since I left those shores to set on my adventure. Six months of new discoveries, encounters, learnings. Laughter through challenges. Friendships through solitude.
Have I met my expectations? No. I’ve exceeded them. The people I have met, the places I have seen, the lessons I have learnt and mostly unlearnt, the realities I have faced about myself, about the world… This was the richest personal experience I have ever lived. Quebec (Canada), Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Nepal and India have thought me a thing or two about life and about myself.
The biggest lesson I’ve gained from this overseas sabbatical is to first aim right, then aim high. Let’s face it, I’m a determined and at times selfish person. It’s time for me to focus my determination on selflessly serving a cause I believe in and deeply want to help. If there were more people like Thanh, Phary, Bir Singh and Ritika, there would be less poverty and the world would be a better place. As Nelson Mandela said: “Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great… You can be that great generation.”
So lesson number two: don’t be afraid to take risks and follow your intuition and passion. Life will take care of the rest. 😉