|THE BEGINNING OF THE JOURNEY
Life is very mysterious and somehow
predestined. It is full of twists and turns that we do not know
what is lying ahead. The best thing we can do is to follow those
twists and turns with our faith as a compass.
My life began on
a beautiful Friday; the day that the smell of the New Year celebration
was still in the air. While most of people in Bangkok were still
celebrating, my mother was in labor for 8 hours straight with
very little help from any professional nurse.
My world, when I
was young, was so tiny. I had no idea what was outside the route
between my school and my house. But my dreams were big, I always
imagined that one day I would have a chance to step out and explore
this beautiful world.
It was in high school
that I had a first trip to Hua Hin in Prajuabkirikun and that
literally opened my world. The turquoise sea, blue sky and silky
beaches had awakened my adventurous mind. I found that there were
a lot of things out there in this world awaiting my discovery.
My traveling passion
grew dramatically when I was in Thammasat University. I made countless
trips around the country. I traveled to the freezing cold mountains
at Phu Chee Fah, and Phu Kradeung in northern Thailand. Then down
to the breezy hot beaches at the isolated islands Kao Tarutoa,
Kao Tao-Nangyuan, and others in the southern part of Thailand.
The more places
I visited, the greater love for the beauty and purity of nature
I had. I fell in love with the world and I knew right then that
I would like to put my footsteps on every part of the world. My
love for nature and my frequent volunteering with the environmental
groups in my university made me realize that I wanted to be an
environmentalist and I believe that we should not take our mother
nature’s generosity for granted.
After I graduated
from the college, I started working in one of the most reputable
companies in Thailand. My career was going well but as I always
say, life is like a destiny, something unexpected lies ahead of
us but we just do not see it. My real long journey began in one
One of my best friends
approached me with her dream of going to the United States to
work and study at the same time. Just one evening and short conversation,
it had sparked my dream. Although to go to the United States was
not an easy dream, I remembered someone said, “The poorest
man is not a man with a dime but a man without a dream.”
Sometimes the destiny
leads our life to a place that we might not expect. I accidentally
ran into my old friends who happened to have the same ideas. We
started looking for information and any possible option that we
could find in order to make our dream of going to the US come
With our hard works,
eventually, I got admitted at the San Francisco Language School.
I decided to tell my family and friends. Everybody protested that
I was about to leave my stable job at Siam Cement Groups, in particular,
when the economy was heading downhill and a lot of people were
getting laid off.
However, when I
have a dream, I always hold on to it. I hold it so tight that
sometimes it almost chokes me. I decided to leave my job, family
and friends to pursue my dream. I knew the pursuit of my dream
would not be easy. It would be tough and painful but I knew I
would be able to achieve it.
I packed my stuff
and dream. I left everything behind. It would be my first time
that I would ever travel out of the country. I knew it’s
a big risk but I do believe that no success will ever be accomplished
without taking any risk.
I said goodbye to
everyone I loved and Thailand…