373 days ago…

It’s been one year and one week since I returned from a place that has stayed painted clear in my mind since I stepped foot on the plane home. Nepal had an irreversible impact on me and it feels like just yesterday I was walking through the dusty streets in my kurta salwar with hoards of enthusiastic children or sitting down to eat dal bhat with my hands.

Tonight I watched the beautiful final installment in a series of films produced by INF (International Nepal Fellowship) to showcase their wonderful work in Nepal. If you spare nine minutes for anything tonight, please watch this. This film sent shivers down my spine as I watched the familiar places come to life once more and saw some familiar enthusiastic faces star in a beautiful tale of finding joy.

If you’ve known me for a while you’d probably know that I’ve always hoped to work abroad in the developing world. My two short weeks in Nepal stole my heart and God willing, I know this is a country where I want to spend a lot of my life working with some inspiring and amazing people.

About a month ago Navin and I received the application form to apply to work in Nepal. I’ve been letting the 20-page form sitthere for a while, perhaps too intimated to brave the questions it will ask and the deep personal answers that will be pulled from me. Watching this video just reminded me how much I cannot wait to step foot back in Nepal so I’m committed to beginning the application this weekend!

It wouldn’t be a blog post without a challenge from me, so here goes. What’s something you’ve been putting off this past week, month or year? Are you scared what you might discover about yourself or wary of a challenge that may be difficult to overcome? Start it this weekend!

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” –  Marianne Williamson

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