11 July 2014

Bye bye twenties…

The last day of my twenties has arrived. Looking back on the three decades that I have been on this planet so far, has made me realise that I have so much to be thankful for.

It is no secret that I used to have a 'plan' for my life. Things didn't exactly turn out the way than I wanted them to. This has been more than okay, in a way, my life turned out for the better because of this.

First day of my life

Every chance that I have been given has formed me into the person that I am today. My passion to work with children and youth has helped me find a purpose in life. I never understood why certain things happened around and to me. I wasn't wise enough to see it at the time, but as I grew older, I started to understand all the 'rough bumps' better. Every bump has been a life lesson that I got to use for the better. Losses and injustices that seemed to be unfair at the time has given me tools (and experience) to guide the next generation.

The moment (journey) when I fell in love overseas

My years as a social and development aid worker has made me fall in love with children (and cultures) all over the world. The foundation that I have received during my upbringing in my hometown, has made me return to the Netherlands to give back to the community that has given me so much. I have been back in Holland for four years now and have managed to find a good balance between my work here and my passion overseas.

The most rewarding job in the world

My cousins and nephews are making a whole fuzz about me turning 30. Truth to be told is that I am really fine with it. Yes, this is not the life that I have set out for myself, but that is truly okay. I feel abundantly loved by the people around me, have the most rewarding job in the world, am blessed with great colleagues and I am grateful that I get to be a part of my students' journey in life.

The twenties really has given me a lot to be thankful for... so bye bye twenties, thanks for the good ride! Bring on the thirties... let's see what it has in store for me.

Lots of love,

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