A journey that lasts, stories to remember, everyone has their own unique story. Sharing is learning. So here we go! The road has made up by tons of stories that keep me openly learning every day. Starting point of my study overseas all began in the Netherlands, wherein the most important transition of being a teenager to a more responsible adult, from adolescence. So far I have to say the impact and influence are definitely beyond the imagination of myself and my parents apparently. Either it can be looked horizontally or vertically or even multidimensional, these four core values stay with me at heart.
- Family is the ones who make effort to “be there” for you!
Being the one who is away from home, more than usually miss the family occasions. Every time I try to at least remember and do something on time. But definitely plan can go wrong even if you had a control freak’s mentality. I had always supposed I would have more time later and later to compensate for what I have missed with the VIPs in my life; the truth is we never have time. It is totally limited so we just make time for who are worth it.
Although everyone has their own life to live, it is warm hearted to know who always support you no matter what, whatsoever bumps on the road. It sticks with me these words from a colleague: “family is the ones who have known you since the 1st day of your life”. I’ve become more acutely aware of how important family play a role in every person. It is indeed a heart to heart matter.
- Being abroad is a choice
Thinking back years ago, it would not even occur in my mind I would be so far away from my family. And here I am in the central European city with people who encourage me to learn and grow every day. I do wonder sometimes what if I had stayed instead. Although it’s quite a charm for not having been through all the bumps on the road, definitely it would be a “whole lotta missing out”. Being abroad can be lonely sometimes when you may miss your childhood playground or mommy food, yet it is a choice you choose to push yourself out of border not just to fit in something anymore. There is some moment you would feel a bit lonely to be abroad and foreign with the surrounding, but but you’re not alone…. for sure!!! 😉
- The journey that teach you more about your destination.
Being in the early 20s, to be honest, I am clueless sometimes despite how much I try to figure out. Aren’t we all figuring out what we want? The dream I once had is not what I want anymore, which I am happy to figure out to ensure that I am still on track but just different direction. I tried what I thought I wanted, I tried what I thought I did not even want.
There is no such a thing called destination unless you enjoyed the journey. Life indeed is not crystal clear black and white. The goals might be different as the only constant thing is change. Sometimes I want to be a “purple cow”, and then just be happy to “doe normaal” ( be normal) . Sometimes I might want to be in the middle of somewhere far away from the crowd where I don’t know anyone. Then I am just happy to be in town with my favourite books and the people have been there for me.
4. Hey! Spring is coming…eventually as always!
It is not easy for me to share my personal story public but somehow I supposed it is worth sharing. That’s why abroadme.org was created one year ago ( the best decision ever lol), around this time between Denmark and Sweden when even in the darkest hours in way up North. But even then spring was still persistently coming in its own charming way. This journey wasn’t and still hasn’t been easy but it is so tempting to discover the unknowns blended in with the promising wanted knows. Because the spring will always come after a harsh winter. Keep believing! Cheers!