I am not sure when or if my memoir will ever be published, but this is the preface of the book. It was written just days before I found out I was pregnant. To me, it serves as a reminder of what kind of parent I want to be – supportive, nurturing, and loving. We can’t change who people are, but we can learn from others’ mistakes.
It is still a little rough around the edges and may need some (or a lot of) revising and tweaking, but I thought I would share it with you. Maybe, just maybe, it can provide you with some inspiration.
A Journey of Inspiration
We are responsible for making and shaping our own reality.
For some people, the pieces of their lives fall in place easily. They have people with whom they can rely on. They have a network of individuals by their side who are willing to help them. They receive the constant support and encouragement of others.
For some, life is not a bed of roses. They have to dig deep and sacrifice. They are faced with constant ridicule and continuous objection for the choices they have made. Their means of following their dreams and building a great life is not handed to them on a silver platter.
I fall into the latter category.
I am by no means an extra-ordinary person. I didn’t walk on the moon or climb Mount Everest. However, what I did do was follow my dream that led me half way around the world to Taiwan.
Back in 1999, it wasn’t normal for a small-town girl, fresh out of university, to pack up her belongings and chase her dreams. Many, who were aware of my plans to travel and teach in Asia, considered me adventurous. My immediate family, however, particularly my father, labelled me a ‘weirdo.’ My parents gave me the cold shoulder as punishment for my decision to move to Taiwan and didn’t speak to me for months.
However, that didn’t deter me. It did quite the opposite. It made me work harder to make my goal to work and live in Taiwan a reality.
Looking back, it is funny how I left everything familiar that June day in 1999 so alone and lost and confused, but I ended up finding myself and my voice in a place so foreign and unfamiliar. Even though I found out very quickly that things don’t always work out as planned, and my faith, hope, and strength were tested on countless occasions, I still came out on top. I received the help and support of strangers, something that my own flesh and blood refused me. I realized how resilient I am and that allowed my true self to shine.
I recently read a quote which sums up this book perfectly – ‘I never met a strong person with an easy past.’
Thus, this memoir is more that just a story of a year of my life. I hope from reading this book that you will find the inspiration to pursue your dreams, how ever big or small they may be.
Remember, you don’t need the entire world on your side to make things happen.
Sometimes, change is as easy as believing in yourself.
**Wordpress just informed me that this is my 200th post. I didn’t know, but I am glad it was this one…**