Moving across seven seas has shown me the diversity, yet universality, in human experience, and it is mind-blowing. Since then, I’ve wanted to do nothing more than to talk to people and write human narratives, to bring to light people’s struggles and triumphs, their life stories, in hopes of drawing patterns and figuring out the way this mysterious Universe works, the way human nature works, the way God works and how miracles sometimes leave us speechless.
That way, I’ll have lived not one life, but countless through the people I meet. Every ordinary person lives an extraordinary journey. Every story deserves to be told and the best of stories are found in the most unexpected of places.
In my pursuit of the Truth, however, I learned (and perhaps still am in denial about) one of the most painful things: some stories will have holes in them, some questions will be left unanswered, some pieces of the puzzle will be missing and some mysteries will be left unsolved.
That’s where faith comes in. And patience.
We have to be ok with things that are not in our control. What is in our control, though, is how we treat those around us. Stay genuine. Stay real. Life’s too short to fake it. Give your all to someone; be able to empathize with people. Hold onto friendships and relationships because human interaction gives life all meaning.
And don’t you dare take people for granted. Don’t forget to say thank you, and remember that there is grace in forgiveness. I guarantee you that every ounce of your love and kindness that you put out into the world is never ever wasted. Do it for yourself. Do it because love, loyalty and compassion are the only things that make sense to you.
That is advice for me as much as it is for anyone who is reading this. I’m relying on faith to get me to a point – perhaps 4 years from now – when life comes full circle and the Truth about this world unfolds.
Then, I’ll be in awe of how carefully He had crafted, planned and placed every event, every interaction, every emotion. I’m confident that these four years have been nothing but perfect because it’s how everything was meant to be. The answers will come, sooner or later. The Truth will present itself, all in due time. Everything will eventually make sense.
And to all those who have been a part of my undergrad experience — please, stay awhile."