Coincidence? I prefer to call it confirmation of desire.
The turning point in my life was triggered by a friend’s question who asked me to dream. Instantly a vivid vision emerged: “I want to connect with people all over the world, see them as equals, and share their inspiring stories. I want to learn from and inspire each other.” So, there it is! I said it out loud!
And wow, within a matter of months, a volunteering opportunity with an – till then – completely unknown NGO presented itself. As part of a reporting team, we ventured into Kenyan communities, sharing the stories of remarkable resilience amidst unimaginable hardships. Coincidence that this job came on my path? I prefer to call it confirmation of desire. It was not an easy job to really understand their situations when coming from a completely different background. It felt as a ‘taster’ for me how to deal with such stories. I mainly saw the strength of the people and anything but victimisation. I learned immensely about the different challenges in life and as an exchange the beneficiaries felt heard and seen, what was very important to them after all the silence.
Staying in the office means every day the same faces
Upon returning to the office after two weeks of immersion in amazing stories, I immediately knew it was no longer the right place for me. I yearned to go out there, connect with the unseen, and share their narratives. Remaining in the office would mean every day the same (though also beautiful and very kind) faces everyday. The opposite of that inspires me.
In the summer of 2018, I took a leap of faith and left my job. With a one-way ticket in hand, I ventured into the unknown, letting my intuition be my compass. Along the way, I immersed myself in different lives, cultures, and rituals, discovering the needs, aspirations, and remarkable drive of the people I encountered. What struck me was not only their inspiring personal stories but also the presence of numerous ‘local change makers’, as I like to call them. Experienced who run initiatives to bring positive impact to their own lives, the communities, country, and beyond.