daily life, vietnam

no reason not to

“Remembering you are going to die is the best way I know
to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.
You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
-Steve Jobs

It would be an understatement to say that the last few months have been busy. However, despite my insecurities and doubts about everything, I am stepping out confidently in the direction of my dreams. School this semester has been an adventure in its own right, as I grapple with endless group work, uninteresting course work and a fatigue I just can’t seem to shake. However, there are things to celebrate. I recently submitted an application to be a student volunteer with a community based tourism development project in northern Vietnam, funded in part by Capilano University and the PATA Foundation. This project is exactly where I want to be – it aims to bring sustainable tourism development and skills-based training to the ethnic minority groups living in the Sapa region. I feel immensely intimidated by the whole process but knew that if I didn’t apply, I would regret it for the rest of my life. My application was short-listed (I almost didn’t believe it) and tomorrow is the first group activity and interview. I am so nervous that my stomach is in knots and muscles are seizing up in places I didn’t even know muscles existed. I’m so incredibly passionate about this project that I fear it will cause me to falter and become overwhelmed by emotions. However, there is neither time nor energy to devote to such negative thoughts and I must focus on reminding myself that I have something to offer, no matter how small. All I can do is be myself and try my hardest, knowing that I may not be selected but that I have tried.

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Another exciting event on my horizon is my London adventure. In less than two months, I will be heading to London (and ultimately, Hatfield) to spend five months studying at the University of Hertfordshire. I have received my student number, booked my flight and I am anxiously waiting for acceptance into student housing. For a stress relief, I imagine the things I will see and do while studying abroad and I look forward to some time where I can be an independent traveller once more. While I adore my partner and enjoy building my life in Vancouver, it will be a nice change of pace to be immersed in a new place for a while.

I can’t wait to get travelling again and get into the habit of sharing my adventures on this blog. Sometimes, my regular life just isn’t enough of an adventure to warrant a post.

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1 thought on “no reason not to”

  1. Good luck! You are an intelligent, passionate, amazing woman with so much to offer, I know that no matter what happens you will find a way to your dreams.

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