When I was in boarding school on an island two hours by outboard motor from my hometown and family, one phrase used to pop up every now and again. “Opportunity is like a bald-headed man with one hair”. As funny as it sounds, it is true. Once lost, is lost forever. Off course, there are other opportunities out there. But each opportunity has its own experiences. So to choose an opportunity that is best for you and which you will truly love, learn and share is like an bald-head man with one hair. Some opportunities require sacrifice and risk, but if it takes you on a joyride, then it is worth it.
I did a lot of thinking to join this project. To me, this project was like a bald-headed man with one hair. Off course, there were other opportunities, but when I thought about 2016, and the goals and plans I had set for myself, this was the only opportunity that presented itself or that I had known about. And I was in need of a ‘push’ to get started and seriously needed a dose of motivation. So I said to myself, what have I got to lose?
Now, five months on, I am overdosed with motivation, determination and elevated from my former self. Volunteering in the Canary Islands has taught me a lot about myself and others. I have come to believe in myself and all sorts of possibilities.
Now the time to say goodbye has come. I am filled with mixed emotions, sad because a fulfilling experience has come to end, but excited of the possibilities that come after this experience.
The bigger question now is ‘what next?’ How will I utilize what I have learnt and experienced? I don’t know what will happen. I don’t know where to begin or when to, but I guess I just have take one day at a time. Step by step. That’s the beauty of life. Every ending has a new beginning. And this is just the beginning of opportunities and possibilities.
Thanks to an amazing team, my bald-headed man has grown three (or maybe more) hairs since, all of which I believe will bring diverse but inspiring experiences.