With only four days left to the beginning of a once-in-a-lifetime experience and preparations winding down, I have a million things on my mind… finals to survive, projects at work to hand off, friends/family to see before I go, etc. But there is one thing I’ve made an effort to always keep in mind no matter how hectic things get. Why am I doing this?
The answer? My family. My interest in social enterprise stems from my genuine gratitude for the foundation my parents provided throughout my childhood and for their continued support today. I’ll never be able to thank them enough for all they’ve done. I volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters a few years ago in an effort to help a child who has been less fortunate in her family life. I hope to someday utilize social enterprise to assist underprivileged kids and to strengthen family units because of the impacts strong family ties have had on every facet of my life.
Anyone who really knows me knows that my parents and two brothers are my world. And as hard as it will be to miss the holidays at home, I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to further explore India beyond the program. And my family’s support has been fantastic. Within 24 hours of one another, I received two incredibly thoughtful gift packages: one from my brother and one from my mom. All of the items were amazing and greatly appreciated, but two items were particularly meaningful: a moleskin journal with hand-written notes from my brother and a suitcase Christmas ornament from my mom with ‘India 2012’ written on it.
My family led me to where I am today as I’m about to embark on this adventure, and their support solidifies that I made the right decision to grab this opportunity. I can’t wait to embrace it with this incredible group of fellow travelers.
And so, I’ll leave you with the ‘Travelin’ Proverb’ written in my journal:
“May your walkin’ sandals carry you to new places, new experiences and new understandings without so much as a single blister or stubbed toe.” – A wise Dan once said, Dec. ’12