At Ngurah Rai International Airport
A late post from Josefine:
August 31st, 2012
This has been a really tough day for me for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I just could not stand myself due the fact that I would be in this airport five hours earlier all by myself. It was kinda hard to decide whether I would go to the airport directly or wait until the boarding time with my friends who stayed in Kuta. And well, I decided to go to the airport directly with a starving tummy. I was sososososo sleepy on the way to the airport, and frowned myself up. This was not good at all. However, these were none of my big concerns—I can say.
Today, my biggest concern was saying goodbyes. I hate to say goodbye though, I always do—even though I know there’s always a goodbye after a hello. Maggie had left to Australia last night, and I just realized that my time to go back to Jakarta has come. Me, Anna, Ana, and Paige were in the same car. The traffic was pretty good, but my feeling was not that good. I’m feeling sad, yes I am. The action is in the present time. To spend the last sixteen days in Bali to have Young Women’s Leadership Training 2012 was such a bless. I never knew that this training would change my life so much. Spending these days with thirteen inspiring women all over the world was super duper truly amazing for me.
During the training, I have learned so much. I have learned from all of the laughter. I have learned from all of the smiles. I have learned from all of the frowns. I have learned from all of the tears. I have learned from others’ stories. I have learned from the surroundings. I have learned from the observations I have done. I have learned from so much time I have had for these sixteen days. I have learned from the hugs and kisses we have shared with each other. I have learned from the compliments and feedback we have given to each other. These learnings are so unstoppable. I’m so glad and super grateful for joining this program, especially getting the scholarship. Thank you so much dearest Ryan Feinstein for choosing me to be the one who got the scholarship. I am super duper lucky and happy!!!
I always love to do anything for the first time, and for these sixteen days, I have experienced a lot of things for the first time. I wore my bikini for the first time. I have learned completely how to respect my body and be confident with it for the first time. I learned the Balinese dance. I learned how to make offerings! I am so grateful for watching Legong dance for the very first time although this was not my first time going to Bali. I did snorkeling in early morning for the first time. I swam in an open ocean and got stung by jellyfish for the first time. I learned how to wear sarong from Ibu. I also swam in an open river near the waterfall or the very first time. I danced freely for the first time! WOO-HOO!!! I am a one free soul!
So much gratitude and thanks will never be enough, I know. However, I do still want to thanks all of you. Our meetings will be arranged again someday. We’ll all do meet up again and have so much fun. I wish a lot of luck for all of us. Surprises are in the queue in our lives, and it’s our job to open the paths. I love all of you, I really do. If only I can be around all of you for all the time. See you in the future.
Lots of love,