A few years back, I came across an interesting view of life:
"...that’s what life is. It’s a series of rooms. And who we get stuck in those rooms with, adds up to what our lives are."
Last 9 months, I was stuck in a vast room called Sauve House with 16 people... 16 strangers from parts of the world I had only read about in my high school geography textbook. Today, 9 extremely short months later, I find myself amazed at how much these 16 friends have added to what will definitely constitute a very significant episode in my life!
As I stand at the end of my 9 month long day in this room, I am sure I will remember it for the wonderful friends I made; for the long list of adventures that I got to indulge in; for the many amazing travels that stole my heart away; for the times I got to stir up the artist in me - writing, playing guitar, pencil-sketches and craft; for all the infinitely long walks and intoxicatingly delicious conversations; for the incredible guidance and mentoring from some of the most remarkable people I have ever met!... the list goes on.
But the most powerful change that this day added to my life through all the above experiences and more, is a bridge - between MY world and THE world. And the nature of the program makes this bridge all too personal to ignore. While the dreams in MY world remain as unreal as they always were, my plans to make them come true are now much more wetted and rooted in the reality of THE world. And I think I am driven as much by inspiration as I am by a strong sense of cognitive dissonance to connect the two worlds. I only wish that the bridge lasts long enough for me to unite the two worlds.
There are certainly a LOT of people I owe my gratitude to for this opportunity and many more that I hope to stay connected with as I say goodbye to this day. My hearty thanks and love to all of them. For those who are wondering about my plans ahead, here are a couple of adventures I'll be embarking on:
1. The Awesomeness Project: an ambitious attempt to redefine the way people interact via digital media in order to strengthen the awareness-to-action pathway on online platforms. We are working on a set of exciting new ideas at my company - Vita Beans, by combining ideas from behavioural science & user interface research to create a whole new breed of online applications, campaigns & interactive media targeted at converting awareness about different social & corporate topics into real-world action.
2. Idea Circles: a personal project to bring together as many social circles as I can within my personal and professional network, with an emphasis on sharing ideas and stories - inspired by Jessica's idea of Talking Circles in her community. If you love long & crazy conversations that take you away from the banalities of everyday life, if you believe a handful of people who trust in each others' ideas can make one hell of a dent in the universe, if you believe you can always spare some time for breathing life into new ideas that excite you - we need you! Feel free to ping me at firstname.lastname@example.org to join an Idea Circle.
To all my friends who became a part of my life over the last 9 months: All the very best for your journey ahead!!! And do stay in touch.