Sunday, July 11, 2010

Looking Back and Moving Forward

"Become a student of change. It is the only thing that will remain constant."

~Anthony J. D'Angelo


Change.  Ahhhhhh.  I love it!  My year in Depok is drawing to a close, and it is interesting to look back on my year and think of all my experiences and memories; the variety is pretty spectacular.  This crowded city that I have lived in for the last 12 months doesn't quite feel like home and I will not miss it, (I just don't think there is a big enough trees to motorcycle ratio for me,) but I will be sad to leave friends and students who made me feel so loved every day of the year.  At the office I was sat in a corner, surrounded by all the boys, so I took the butt of a lot of jokes, but I have heard it mentioned that interviews will be held for whoever wants my spot... it won't be going to just anyone.  I realize the desk will go to whoever happens to come next, but it is a nice thing for them to say anyways, even if only in jest.  When teachers are ready to leave EF Depok, a poster goes up on the wall for all of the students to sign, and the number times "I love you Miss Ashley" shows up on there brings a little tear of gratitude to my eye, because I honestly loved them too.  After I got home from India and was feeling lost and insignificant working in retail, I knew I needed a job where my work was making some sort of a difference to people, and there is no doubt in my mind that I have found it.  Now it is time to move on though, and I will look back at this year fondly, for all the adventures, the learning experiences, and the love I have received.  The next few months of no fixed address should prove interesting and then I will be settling back into teaching in Bandung for the New Year, I can't wait to see what the universe has in store for me!

"Most people can look back over the years and identify a time and place at which their lives changed significantly. Whether by accident or design, these are the moments when, because of a readiness within us and a collaboration with events occurring around us, we are forced to seriously reappraise ourselves and the conditions under which we live and to make certain choices that will affect the rest of our lives."
~ Frederick F. Flack