It has been 3 days since I left Manila to live my dreams of becoming a global citizen with Brazil as my first destination. Days prior, I was going through a roller-coaster of emotions. I was sad and scared at the same time that at one point I was thinking “why am I trading everything I have here for someplace where everyone and everything are foreign to me?”
I didn’t have an answer because truth be told, I don’t really know what will be waiting for me on the other side of the world despite all the preparations and research. A friend’s reassuring words – you will not regret leaving but you will regret NOT leaving – kept me sane and grounded. He was right and I needed that reminder.
Boarding that plane was so surreal. As soon as the plane was off the ground, I will have no permanent address, no full-time job, doing volunteer work, living on the other side of the world away from my family and friends, and making lasting memories.
I was giving up my comfortable life for something uncertain and I couldn’t be more excited for it. When you know, you’ll definitely know and THIS is something I know I should be doing in this lifetime. This may or may not work out, the odds may not even be on my side but at least I tried for something, and the choices I make, I will standby with no regrets.
“It’s the oldest story in the world. One day you’re 17 and planning for someday…and then, quietly, and without you ever really noticing…someday is today. And then someday is yesterday. And this is your life.”