‘Life is too short.’ I did not believe this until I got chance to participate in an exchange programme at Malmö University. Travelling poses different challenges. Thinking that I have to go back home, whilst knowing the fact that things did not really turn out the way I planned them or wanted them to be, made me realize that life is really short and time is passes by fast.
Along the journey, I travelled, I learned, I set goals, but I also failed. I also grew increasingly aware that as life changes, I too change with it. I am no longer the exchange student who first came to Malmö, and I am going back home with different goals, lifestyle, thoughts and inspirations. I also notice this change in my fellow exchange students.
I appreciate, now more than ever, how life might change us in ways that we might never thought of or in ways that we might never had the courage to pursue, especially when it does not turn out the way we want it to. Travelling exposed me to this. As Winston Churchill famously said, however, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
To travel, therefore, is to roam about in the space between where we are at that very moment and where we want to be. We should keep focused until that space, which includes our most intimate fears and desires, won’t terrify us anymore. Life is in itself an endless trip and all we have to do is to keep going.
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