Another thing my clumsiness has taught me is the importance of being able to accept––and eventually laugh at––my mistakes. It has also taught me that we all have our quirks, but we shouldn’t have to hide them, because we can learn a lot from them. And I really shouldn’t try to conceal this one of mine, because, well, frankly, I can’t.
What I love––yes, love––about falling over is that it has caused me to realize what a caring community I come from. I have noticed that whenever I stumble or just fall over, there always seem to be others around to help me get up, brush off, and keep going. In joining a new group of Global Citizen Year Fellows, I know I’m entering an adventure with a wonderful group of individuals who will all be there to help me when I falter–and laugh with me about it after.
It isn’t just friendship and fun I seek by taking a Global Citizen Year, however; I have been raised to pursue my dreams, however intimidating and unlikely they may seem just now. By challenging myself to adapt to a new culture, surrounded by new people, I hope to be able to make the lasting change I have always dreamed of. The Global Citizen Year experience will be, for me, like no other––a bridge year that will create a connection between who I am today, and the actions and worldview that I hope will define me in the future.