Expanding my Comfort Zone on my Gap Year
I made it to Vietnam! It’s hard to believe I have completed half of my World Stamp gap year experience. It’s been two months since I’ve been away from home and I am also missing India so certainly these past few days have been a bit strange. Nevertheless, upon my arrival, I really enjoyed seeing a new scenery. It’s definitely different from the streets of Jaipur and will get some getting used to. However, a skill I have acquired on this journey is being able to adjust to change and how to expand my comfort zone. It can be overwhelming, however I realize that change is the only thing constant in life and it’s important to be able to perceive it in a positive way. Therefore, although I feel a little hesitant to be in a new place, I’m learning to transition to new experiences quickly and fully: wholeheartedly without comparison, ready to create more memories.
I know it may sound cliche, but considering it was my 18th birthday the day I traveled from India to Vietnam, I definitely felt more comfortable with the idea of traveling alone, which gave me a positive sense of independence. Though I was still a little nervous about leaving the familiarity of India and missing my family a little more, I remembered the purpose discovered while volunteering in India. I want to make an impact and so, on the contrary, I am also feeling so blessed to have these completely different exposures back to back. I have the opportunity to make an impact extensively.
Having this in mind, I woke up ready to dive into my volunteer work. I got to meet the children and let me say, the language barrier is definitely a big challenge. Since it was an observation day, I sat in on a class, which is extremely different from schooling back home, another thing to get used to. Overall, the cultural difference will be a challenge, as I have grown accustomed to the culture of India, but I have also learned that the special things take time and patience. I remember feeling this on my first day at the Ambedkar Nagar center and by the end, I was so sad to leave. It’s all so new but I know I am capable of adjusting and it will soon feel familiar.
Feeling the Good Vibes in Guatemala
I am sitting in my favorite cozy hammock in our WorldStamp guesthouse in Antigua, Guatemala, enjoying the heat of the sun after a perfect morning. Jeremy and I went for a run this morning. First I ate some fresh fruits to get energy for the run. Banana, strawberriy,...
First Impressions on My Gap Year
I got off the plane that I had been on for eight hours to start the WorldStamp Gap Year Program, and with the little sleep that occurred, those eight hours felt quite long for my restless brain. Somewhat tired, extremely hungry, but entirely excited, I was immediately...