Last week I was trying to make a list of activities that I am planning to do. Instead of thinking months and years ahead, I decided that it makes more sense to do a weekly plan. I remember when I was at the university and at the beginning of my career; I was choosing my activities bearing in mind on how the prospective employees would regard this on the CV. Then whilst working, the personal development plan followed a strict linear line, based mainly on the discussions with the managers at work. Plans that followed were based on the perceived weaknesses to suit the organisational needs, to shape the personality in order to tick the boxes and to get a promotion. Interestingly there was no discussion on how to capitalise and grow the strengths or to follow passions in areas that were of professional and personal interest.
The scholarship is an opportunity to experiment, to explore creativity and re-discover a creative side; to take risks and to think outside the box. I do think that by doing this, will expand the areas of my brain that I am not used to utilise.
When I just moved to Nepal, I was doing weekly trips to discover new and hidden places. Fascinated by the colours, the variety of people and cultures in Kathmandu I used to take my camera and spent hours trawling on Kathmandu streets, connecting with the surroundings and taking photos. Buying my first DSLR and lenses was a big investment for me. But having just started out, I was struggling with the basics of photography; especially with lightening and finding appropriate angles. I was offered to take practical photography lessons, and to spend a full day with a professional photographer to learn these basics. Over the next week, I plan to re-connect with the photography community and organise a day with a professional local photographer to continue where I left a year ago.
As I mentioned in a previous entry, I would like to learn Nepali language as this will enable me to communicate with people outside the Kathmandu valley, find out about the lives and enhance my understanding of the culture, understand people’s needs and their hopes. It will open options to engage with local communities to contribute to a positive change in remote communities. Now that I have decided to make Nepal my home for the time being, I feel the urgency of learning the language and get regular lessons. This will certainly take priority over the next months and will be part of my weekly routine. I will be searching for a Nepali teacher, and hopefully my first language lesson will take by the end of the week.