Thursday, March 24, 2005


"Courage is the power to let go of the familiar." - Khoo Swee Chiow-

This local adventurer who has scaled Mount Everest, reached the North and the South Poles, swam the Malacca Straits, and plans to swim the English Channel this year (despite having just learnt to swim last year!) gave a motivational talk at work today.

This phrase that he used struck me, as our lives will probably undergo some major upheavals this year, with a move to a foreign country. The kids will have to acclimatise to a new school, we'll need to find a new home, and probably have to try to learn a new language as well.

Frightening, exciting, unfamiliar changes. But I know we can do it....we've done it before, and will probably do it again many more times. Do I wish that we have a stable place to call home? Undoubtedly, I sometimes do. But I believe that the experiences that we, and especially the children, have been/are/ will be exposed to, will enrich our lives, and hopefully help us grow to become global citizens who are more tolerant of the world and the people who share it with us.

Life is an adventure, as someone once said. Let us have the courage to live it.

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