My First International Flight

What leaving "home" means to me

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  • Saying goodbye to friends, packing up my one suitcase, and leaving this continent for the very first time. Wow, I can't believe I'm doing this. I am leaving my comfort zone again, and this time for 5 months of my life.

    When I think about what has put me in this position for going to Nepal, I can't help but relive the past. Two years ago around this time, I was moving out of my childhood home and leaving my family in Seattle, Washington for a school all the way across the country. They were unable to join me in moving me into my dorm or helping me get settled in a city I have never been before—a reality that is soon to be very true once again. I am saying this not to seem emotionally distraught or anything (even though I am a little nervous about leaving). I am doing so in trying to convey how extremely fortunate I feel to be in the position I am in.

    My mother and father's respective families both left Myanmar a quarter century ago to the United States. My father actually arrived around my age and found himself in a completely new world. His is situation is very much like where I find myself today in that I cannot speak the language of country, the country is very different from the one I grew up in, and I will be living with very little possessions from home. In a way, my father and I are both trailblazers living in two different times.

    Family in Burma
    ——My father (bottom-left) and his family in Burma
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  • When my parents settled in Federal Way, Washington and had Rachel and I, we lived in what I today call the home where my heart is. Having moved recently in my life to Boston, it has become the home of my new beginning. Now, going away to Nepal, I will be needing to find another reason for calling it home for myself. With all of this, I am fortunate. The world is my home and I am so blessed to be living in it. My horizons will be opened and my eyes will see new lands. There is so much I am looking forward to in Nepal and I will never forget how this opportunity of leaving home again is making me feel.