Halfway through the journey and still a lot to discover
Finishing the last papers for Term 2 gets you into thinking. After the blazing fire of intense work dies out, you actually get some time to reflect on what has been going over the past few months. Father’s day especially reminded me of how similar my dad’s and my journeys are. Bilbo Baggins once said: “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door, you step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to.” We both stepped out of our comfort zones searching for that spark which was missing in our lives. In his youth, my dad got on a train to Mexico City without the blessing of his father in order study at one of the best schools in Mexico and become a doctor.
His adventures in the asphalt jungle were amazing. With a limited budget he managed to sneak into talks held by great writers, met friends with a different life perspective and had some of the best years in his life .
It’s eerily similar to the things I’ve experienced so far here. I’ve seen a lot of a city in which I feel at home. Vibrant, interesting and full of little gems to discover. The people I’ve met are a little bit weird, but weird in the good sense of the word… I’ve always liked to say that if you’re the most accomplished guy in the room, you’re in the wrong room. My classmates come from so many different places and have so many accomplishments under the belt; the learning you can take from this experience is exponential. The mix of cultures, different ways of looking at life and the sheer intensity of the way everyone experiences this year is life-changing.
You learn that you can’t accomplish great things if you’re alone. That boldness pays off only if you’re prepared for the next step. You learn that you don’t always have the right answer; that you need to trust your teammates and that no one is going to force you to learn. You have to want it and want it badly.
Looking back at these months of enjoying life to the fullest, I have to say that following my own path was the best decision I could have ever made. When the time comes, I will be able to say that I did everything in my power to live the life I wanted to live.
Just like the journey my father took, learning and living in a completely different environment opened me up to things that I never expected to find. If he hadn’t taken that decision many years ago, I wouldn’t have been writing here. Who knows what’s next to come in my journey! I’m looking forward to all of it!