I Get It…I Really Do!
Sydney, Australia living in an apartment looking over the water at Chinaman’s beach and just came back from a trip to Vietnam. I was a travel agent at the time and I absolutely loved the perks and the benefits! I had won this trip and was so excited to go!
Being a Travel Agent was great but there was something in me that said, “I really need something else in my life.” I don’t think I can do this travel agent thing forever.
I wanted something more. I wanted to give back to other humans!
That trip to Vietnam really changed me.
While reflecting on that trip I realized that I had been surrounded by very humble people. They had little money; however, they still gave to their families. I really respected that. I appreciated how much effort they put into working so much, for so little.
That was the moment I realized; I was caught up in the Sydney lifestyle of, “I NEED TO MAKE A LOT OF MONEY TO BE HAPPY!”
Let’s Do This….
So, I came back to Sydney after this trip and decided that I was going to resign from my position as a travel agent and go back to study.
I wanted to study something meaningful. Something that would enable me to give back! Something that I could make a difference in.
In 2012 I decided to study Community Services and Counselling.
The first year was challenging, it taught me discipline, determination, attention to detail, & how to be present and focused.
By exploring my inner child, inner self, and the relationships and dynamics I had with the people in my life, I had been pushed out of my comfort zone.
I couldn’t believe after 10 years of being out of the study scene, I was sitting with textbooks all around me and I thought,
“Well Let’s Do This!”
“Get into these books you asked for this.”
So I did. I never wanted to stop learning…
I was working fulltime with children, as I studied fulltime. And ONE DAY the SHOCK of a lifetime came to me!
It was July and I was right in the middle of study………
I received a phone call from my best childhood friend in Canada and my sister.
It’s very odd, to receive a call from both together. I immediately knew something was wrong.
They said, “Shawn, we have something to tell you.”
“Ok. I replied, what is it?”
“Mom is getting some tests done and we’re not sure what the tests are about, but we just thought we should let you know…”
“What kind of tests are they?” I asked.
“Well, we don’t know.”
“OK, I wonder why mom hasn’t told me.” You see, even though mom and I were Oceans apart we were very close.