Year 2016, you left us and will never come back. Now, you will only remain in our heart, our memories. In 2016, I had achievements, but with pinch of challenges, I also succeeded to bask myself with the sunlight of positivity, although the umbrella of negativity tried a lot to keep me deprived from the same.
I lived my dreams; I graduated in Masters of Professional Communications from Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia. Of course, It did not come easy. I stepped out of my comfort zone, left my son, family, close friends, career behind in order to fulfil my dreams. The initial days were quite difficult as the due dates of assessment submission, presentation would drive me crazy.
The final semester was very tough for me, I was sick and I had to submit my thesis as well. I spent hours in library researching and working on my thesis, and hence, unsociable. However, nothing lasts forever. Eventually, I finished my studies and it was all due to the unconditional love and support of my better half and my parents that helped me to cope with the homesickness and pressure of studies.
My move to Melbourne was an unplanned one. After several rejections, I got an opportunity of internship, and thus, I arrived here, the most liveable city of the world. Besides my internship, I also explored the variety of taste this city has to offer in a platter. The tasting started from coffee to graffiti, cuisines to plays, tourist destinations to the various languages, I hear people speak in the train, tram, bus and street lanes. And me, a keen observer, tried to absorb the multiculturalism slowly and happily.
I also worked as an intern partly for the Consulate General of Nepal for Victoria office. The interaction with the people who came to apply for visa showered me with mixed feelings of happiness and pride. I met some people who visited Nepal regularly, and always looking forward to visit again. When I raised the question why, the answer was “simply natural, no artificial”. Some with the vivid memories of their travel years back and curious if the people are still warm, innocent and hospitable as it was long time back. Such curiosity of theirs makes me proud of our ancestors, and the traditional and cultural values they have instilled in us.
Some were very concerned for the people hit by the massive earthquake of 2015 thus, travelling to donate and volunteer to help the people in affected areas. Therefore, the opportunity of internship allowed me to know how people from other parts of the world still care for Nepal and have a positive image of the country and it’s people. I am sincerely thankful to Mr. Chandra Yonzon, Honorary Consul General of Nepal to Victoria for providing me with this opportunity.
It is very exciting to welcome the new year 2017 with loads of happiness and enthusiasm. But this time, I decided to avoid resolutions as I want to see if I really need the same in order to stay happy. I, therefore, wish for joy in spite of the challenges I am offered, the negativity I am hit with, the distance from my family and will continue to do things that inspires me and keeps me happy. Hey! 1 January 2017, I start with self-acceptance!