Monday September 23, 2013. 12:49am
I started writing a new post about how much this recent experience (a month course in the tropics and a 3 month placement in Africa) has affected my life and then remembered that I had explained it well in my last letter home to my friends and family.
I want to share this here because I think it puts into context what I mean when I say that It feels like I was given a fresh start in coming home. What was different about this trip was the approach that I took when I left home; for the first time I refused to see myself as a researcher or a student and just allowed myself to be myself. I suppose travel allows those types of outer/inner body experiences but for me, it was the first time I adopted this philosophy and im proud to say it worked. I found I gave myself permission to not exactly be a blank canvas but more to take what I needed and leave what i didnt while still being 100% true to myself– an act which I know is not easy to do and I’m seeing the impact of that decision everyday at home. I find myself more confident in pursing an art and community focused masters instead of the stricter urban planning focus I began with. I am less afraid to work hard towards what I am passionate about, and thanks to the CEO of Seelands, I have learned carefully when to seek help and how to look out for common challenges in organizations and community work. I am still not entirely sure of where I will land but I know now that the road to plan B never will lead to plan A.
written August 29, 2013
Dearest lovely family + readers,