Hey, This is Us! – Indonesia Malaysia Youth Exchange Program 2013 ( Part 1 )
Well. I always believe strengthened of the magic phrase : ‘Scripta Manent, Verba Volant: ” Our words will fade away , but if you write it , it will last forever. ” That’s why i always write all the things that interesting and valuable in my life, and no matter how small it is.
And so on, i accidentally made this report looks like storytelling. So that, i always know and remember, that there was a great story in my life with those people who are also great. In order for the world and the universe knows, what are the values of a friendship that we must be upheld .
What is friends ?
Friends? Yeah , everybody knows about that word. A seven-letter word that could not live seven seconds without . Friends is not just a place to share the ups and downs of love and momentary. Friend is someone who will take you fly, when you forget how to flap your wings. He/she will say good things behind you, praising you without you know it. He/she will also speak about the bad things in front of your eyes. Friends are also presented to you to make you laugh ….. louder and happier than usual. You can laugh off, sharing , and then there will be left great memories until later on. Never die.
Yep ! It ` s Us!
At first, actually we did not know each other. We live and work in the city and our province respectively. We simply rely on a strong signal operators to communicate. We did not even know, how soon will meet for the first time. We were strangers, but well, we tried to put aside all negative thoughts just for the sake to make our program succeed.
I still remember the date , the day, month, minutes and even seconds. I still remember, how they greeted me warmly when we met at the first time. How do they seem instantly familiar at that time. Yarp ! On that day, Monday, August 19th , 2013 , at the Soekarno -Hatta International Airport, Tangerang, near terminal 1B.
Still leaving in my memory, how we were greeting each other and then take the picture instantly. We also no longer to think whose the best province is, but we carrying one name and one mission, Indonesia.
We undergo a period of training and quarantine for 5 days from August 19th until August 23, 2013 in South Jakarta, Jalan Hang JebatRaya. I stayed in room 123 with my room mate, Gabby, a delegation from Kendari, South East Sulawesi. Laughter, jokes had always full filling our days . What about, because of almost every second we met, we were also closer in brotherhood for sure.
Here is not the place to discuss about tribalism , primordial , or narrow cauvinism. We are trying to merge into a single mission, which is to bring the good name of the country. Many lessons i’ve learned from each individual person. This can be useful as a mirror to improve the quality of our personal human resources towards better. And then i realized, in my opinion, there`s no differences, but that was just diversity.Yes , that’s right. That was diversity.Here it goes the photo while we met for the first time.
The number of characters and habits, sometimes lead to different assumptions on everyone. But, we did it. We can overcome everything . We are not those who walk alone. All types of problems can be muted while we did a training, such as team work . Because we are good team , isn’t it ? [ OMG , and my tears already falling down at this moment]
We are Superheroes !
Superhero? Do not think that word is always synonymous with superheroes character such as: Batman , X – Man , Superman , Spiderman, or something like they are . For me , the superhero could mean a widespread, including in terms of representing the region into the international arena. We are sent from each area with one simple message : ” Bring your province name returned by with more fragrant. However, just remember, the name of your country is not less important also. “
Hellyeah. It is inevitable that we are, – also referred to as nation – ambassador. Ambassador? May that word was a lil` terrible word. We wore the emblem of Garuda, but the burden and responsibility is more harder. Although the price is only 5,000 rupiahs ( surely i have to tell it ), that Garuda emblem is not comparable with historical value and existing content in it.
And we wore it just for the sake of prestige and also pride, but that was for the devotion to our country. As a said in the Bangun Pemudi-Pemuda theme song : ” roll up your shirt sleeves …… for the country . ” That’s the short definition of nation ‘s ambassador in a plain view.
And OMG. I have never think before in my real life, become an ambassador of this nation. It all just started from a dream, and then realized. Alhamdulillah. Astungkare. Praise the Lord. Swastiastu. Originally started with a very simple but very memorable. I couldn’t imagine, what if i had never tried it again. It all started from here .
Look at that one, my name was at the top . Well, i even failed twice in the selection , and i feel lucky because i am stubborn . Finally i tried again, and again , and God answer my prayer on third times. This is not a dream as in a fairy tale character said. It is something that must be fought . There ` s no impossible things in this world. Just suggest your self ( i `m)possible then the universe and God will support you .
Learning Like You `ll Never Die
There is one motto i follow for some activities or whatever it is . Whatever happens , I have to go home with a value and a new lesson . Yes , that was me . I’m happy to continue to learn , from the great people from around the country, especially when did the Pre Departure Training .
In a time i was brooding alone in the room . I ask Gabby to go first , and i said that i would follow. And guess what ? When I find time to reflect on how rich Indonesia . At that time , I realized how much God has created a real nation truly great, more than i can guess.
I talk about reality. A lot of things i`ve learned during training . Each delegates of the province brought moral and life lessons for my future . Imagine , have you ever calculate how much of the traditional fabric in one province ? How many customary ceremony was? How many musical instruments, food, traditions, customs, myths, fauna, flora, or even a tribe ? Well, seriously i can not imagine. I shudder to imagine how rich Indonesia is, which may rarely aware of it.
When we practice a variety of dances , i realized that the culture is able to carry the message. So magical and have many historical valuable. Oh, God. I remember one thing that i regret. I did not learn dance since childhood ever. That is probably the thing i regret nowadays. I just touched and learned dance from early of lecture course.
During training , i proceed how to manage emotions. Compare with diversity characteristic and also personality of people that i had never met before. You know, ego and emotions through virtual world of course totally different when we are met directly . And for me, it was difficult for facing someone new and sharing an ego with them.
- Pre – Departure training took five days, i already know so well about the character of each person. Although we had to try hardly to create a unified vision without character assassination. And i thank we can dis it enough. Even in a very limited time.
As i said before you have to learning like you `ll never die . Why? Because life itself was already a process of learning . And by training, i have learned that there will be millions of knowledges that we cannot get through from school or college . Even though that school or college has an A for the accreditation. No !
Dear my friends from Sabang to Merauke, i would like to say thank you! From you all, i got to learnt a lot of things. It would not be lost from my memory, i`ll kept the lessons that i`ve learned from each of you personally. For me , everybody is a teacher , and i believe you’ve proved it . I will continue to learn , continue to learn without stopping like i will live forever……..
Yogyakarta, Dec 4th, 2013
An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind _Buddha_