Editor's Note: Gap year is common in many countries, but rarely heard of here in Malaysia. Sometimes it's truly refreshing to get out of your comfort zone and rediscover yourself. These are experiences no money can buy. Anyone thinking of taking this leap? This one's for you!
One’s favorite travel isn’t just about going around cities for a few days, taking #selfies and #foodporn.
My favorite trip, it took me a year.
I was an Assistant Manager then, daughter to elderly parents and I was in a relationship with my 5-year partner. I had to put my career on hold. I had to heavy-heartedly leave my elderly parents behind. I had to separate with my 5-year partner. I had nobody but myself and my two-big-luggage the moment I boarded that plane.
I pretty much put my existing life on pause button when I decided to leave the country for a year, in pursuit for the trip of a lifetime - a trip to rediscover myself.
Is it worth it, you may wonder.
Everytime I looked back, I feel blessed that I flew there, walked into that noodle place and submitted my resume for a waitperson’s position. Who would’ve thought that an Assistant Manager could switch to become a waitperson? I guess life is not just about earning some serious cash but it’s also about the experiences that we savor.
Waitressing was a humbling experience – I got to meet and greet new faces every day. I moved places three times that year so I could experience living with different groups of people. We came from different backgrounds, and yet our differences brought us together because we showed mutual respect, we shared interesting life perspectives - never once to judge but rather to learn from one another. They taught me to be grateful, and to appreciate the people and the things around me.
These are rare, genuine friends. Friends who still make efforts to keep in touch even though we are continents apart.
So, if you ask again, “Is it worth it?”
My answer is always a YES!