Lessons from abroad

“Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great… You can be that great generation.” – Nelson Mandela, 2005

This is it.

Six countries, six bracelets. Each country left its mark on me…

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. 😉

6 thoughts on “Lessons from abroad

  1. I cannot believe 6 months have passed. I look forward to seeing you – and your six bracelets – soon!

    Congratulations on making such an important impact on yourself and the world around you. There is definitely a book you need to write as soon as you return.


    • I cannot believe it either! But I feel I have really lived every moment of it, so I’m verry, verry happy.

      Thank you so much for your support and friendship Catriona. I can’t wait to catch up – and meet the new family member too!

      About the book… it’s on the cards… 😉 xx

  2. Welcome back. This post brought tears to my eyes. I’m not completely sure why but I love those two lessons. I need to learn them too. Thanks for writing this fantastic blog. It’s meant a lot to me. You are a wonderful person and I know you’re destined to live a happy and fulfilled life.

    • Thank you Nicola! You’ve been one of my most loyal reader/commenter and I’m really grateful for that.

      I had tears in my eyes myself as I wrote this post (and every time I think of how blessed I am to have experienced life the way I have in the past six months). We’re not alone – these are lessons most of us need to learn and implement in our lives!

      Let’s catch up soon!

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