I was going through my drafts and found all those things I never finished writing. I saw this one and I was like, “Hey. I should write about this. ”
‘What was the one experience that completely changed your life? What happened? How did it change your life?’
“The one experience”, well that’s tough to answer and practically impossible. There are way too many to choose from. There are also those experiences that without us noticing… really shape who we are now. I personally think that every single experience ultimately shapes who we are, and so, this question is very hard to answer for me. I’ll still try to choose as few as possible.
First thing; living abroad in an international environment. It’s probably one of the greatest things that’s ever happened to me. It’s changed the way I see different people and it has definitely opened my mind to other traditions, cultures, ways of being, and simply everything! If it wasn’t for this, I wouldn’t be speaking English right now and you wouldn’t be reading this. Apart from that, since I’m more open-minded, it’s also easier for me to understand and sympathise with people as well as to adapt to different situations. It’s surely a big part of who I am now because all of the different people that have come into my life, have left a piece of themselves in me. Moreover, it taught me not to let people go and that keeping in touch with people is possible. You just have to make the effort.
What else? Scoliosis. I was diagnosed at the age of 10 and this problem affected me in many ways. First of all, it’d keep worsening and crashing my hope. Second of all, it caused conflicts between my parents and I. Third of all, I couldn’t wear the clothes I wanted to because you would see my back brace. I became stronger, more determined, and accepted myself. It wasn’t easy considering the fact that I was little. But then again, I grew up with it and had to overcome it (more mentally, than physically) so it’s a big thing.
One more thing, not being scared of death. Overcoming this fear was crucial to my life. I realized that there was a time limit and I had to live, not think about death. Carpe diem, baby!