When I first learnt that I am the lucky recipient of the scholarship I was filled with excitement, immediately followed by a thought what is it that I am actually going to do?
I live in Nepal, a beautiful country, which is home to the highest mountains in the world. It is also one of the poorest countries in the world. It has been my home for nearly a year now after I took a bold decision to leave a comfortable well paid position at a financial institution in London. I had a feeling that after eight years in London I needed change – change in professional direction, change in the life style, change in my perspective. A valuable advice that I received when I was thinking about the move was from a journalist friend who simply said: “If you want to experience adventure and change the world, you will not do it by spending hours in the meetings in the city of London. You need to get out there and explore."
At the time when I learnt about the scholarship, I was on a work trip in Biratnagar, a town situated in the South of Nepal not far from the Indian border. It was an extremely cold and foggy night and I was sitting in a hotel room with no heating, a broken toilet and a broken shower. I was angry and cold; to divert my mind I started focusing on thinking about things I wanted to do when I came to Nepal. Many ideas came into my mind, ideas that I have been discussing many times with friends, with strangers and in my head with myself. I think most people have as some point in their life ideas and thoughts what they would love to do. How often are we walking down the street and see something, a thought springs in our mind I need to do this, would it be not great if I could do this – but how many people actually go and do it. Many don’t even get started not to say go into implementation stage. At this point, I am starting to narrow down the list of the things that I wanted to do – and the list is long. We tend to focus on the end game, and forget the process of the implementation. Putting more flesh on the bones on these ideas will provide more clarity. A challenging but exciting week ahead!