Writen by Julie Duvert, graduates of Knowmads Hanoi Team 1
A new life, a new country, new experiences, new people, people who really count, people who really became part of my world.
2013 had been an amazing year, with so many things in front of which I can write “new”. And here the word “new” entails a large range of experiences, discoveries, feelings, and in so many ways: fascinating, scaring, amazing, but all in all, inspiring.
I don’t believe in coincidences. Not anymore. Events and people arrived in my life, transforming it, modeling it in such a way that pushes me to be more, to listen more to who I am, to pay attention to how I structure my world. So, things happen. I am not sure that they happen really for a reason, but I consider that it is up to each one of us to give a meaning to this puzzle that our pieces of life create under our eyes.
I was on my way to somewhere that I cannot either name or describe but where, I am sure, this being I am becoming right now in this process of self-growth will be welcome. And now that I can look back on my journey in Knowmads Hanoi with all these other amazing folks who made the trip an unforgettable experience, I am not so sure of what were my real intentions when I decided to join. I can only say that I was starting to acknowledge the way I was rooting myself in life, what are my core values and how all this together can significantly trace a path on which I can safely step. Knowmads has been, at this point of my life were I was putting the puzzle pieces in order, an important element of this bridge I am day after day building from where I come from to where I want to go. Knowmads, and other personal elements that occurred at the same moment – coincidence or not – gave me company for a while in this lifetime construction. An amazingly supportive company that I still find moving 2 months after it finished.
I know what I want to spend my life for: giving to everyone of us, and specifically to the more vulnerable ones, a chance to be heard, a chance to be acknowledged in this world for who they are, a chance to have a voice. I know how I want to act for this right now and for the coming months: working on making volunteerism a meaningful link between people, an act that can create bonds over social and cultural issues. I know where I want to do that for the coming months: in Vietnam, this country that became so special to my heart. And after that? Who knows…? Not me at the moment! But I feel safe not knowing, because I am surrounded by the right people.