Heaven Is Not What I Did Yesterday

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  1. you.theworld.wandering says:

    I loved reading about your application for the Volunteer Program in Maldives. I live in Maldives and have had a little to do with promoting this program. Had to giggle at your rating notions! SO glad you got to swim with whale sharks! That’s still a dream of mine!
    Kristie you.theworld.wandering

    • Teja says:

      What?? You haven’t been? You totally should!

      LOL at work they have this course that points out gender differences in self-rating, and that exchange between us was the textbook example for how the typical man would answer such questions, and the typical woman – and the thinking that’s behind it! It really put a lot of realism into that perspective for me!

  2. I like the way you are telling your story a lot, with your childhood flashbacks and so on.
    And I like even more the encouraging and motivating spirit you’re conveying – yes, follow your dreams ! You can do it! Break out of your comfort zone, beat your Schwellenangst (hooray!) and try something new!
    Consequentially you will be rewarded with things like swimming with whale sharks (lucky you, how amazing is that?) and other great experiences, emotions and feelings.
    Thanks for this inspiring article!

  3. Gina says:

    Way to go girl! If you hadn’t put that 10 you wouldn’t have been able to swim with the whale sharks. That’s a dream of mine and I can’t wait to do it. Although hanging out with turtles wouldn’t have been a bad second option.

  4. Lydia Smith says:

    Reading your post, I can’t help but feel refreshed as it is really insightful. Knowing and accepting that you can do something really involves this powerful spirit cause severally, the thought of ‘I can’t do it’ hovers around more. And I’m keeping this with me, growing up is when stop trying to be an adult. Thanks for this post

    • Teja says:

      Thank you. :) I’d like to be able to say that I finally got over the hump through some gracious inspiration. But as I try to be real on my blog, I must credit that last push to a provoking womaniser, and a very bitchy man-hunter. (It’s a long story, and probably will never be told). It goes to show that indeed, everyone does have a purpose! And that really, growth is mostly about how you respond to something – everything.

  5. neha says:

    I completely agree when you say “We wait to be told what we could do, as if we don’t know it ourselves” . Even I am like that. But now I have slowly learnt that you have to discover your own potential and show it to the world, then only others come to know about it. You have put some very deep thoughts in there. I will like to go over it more than once.

    • Teja says:

      I think this is true to some extent for many Asians, because it is a side effect of a hierarchical culture.

      You raise a good point. Self-promotion is seen as uncultured for us, because your merit should be apparent on its own. But the world is changing, and you know, perhaps there are ways of showing off what you can offer in a way that’s not about conceit, but about sharing. And sharing is a familiar value for our region.