From the day that I have been back, people have been asking me the same question; “How long are you here for, or when are you going back?”! No one seems to understand the fact that I am here for good; that I have left US for a good reason and I am seriously trying to build a career in my own country! At the same time I don’t even want to blame them, after all how many people have returned home after their education abroad to work here? Even if there are some, they might be in such small numbers that you can count them within your fingers!
Yes, I am back home and I am proud for the fact that I am here. I am having the time of my life in doing all those things that I had been putting off from the past few years. I am exploring my country and realizing how beautiful it is. I have finally seen Everest, drank through streaming rivers and walked along wild lives. I even had time to take that dance and language class that I always thought that I would.
We have heard people complaining about the fact that there is no opportunity here. What they don’t understand is that there are plenty of opportunities for those who are willing to put that extra effort. In fact there are more jobs than capable people to fill them. I am not stating that just by the fact that someone comes from a foreign country he would have a better chance to get a job here but he might have that extra edge to succeed for sure.
In the US I had to compete fiercely to get an unpaid internship at a well known company. Here I am getting a chance to choose a job that I want to do and enjoy it at the same time! In the beginning I was sad thinking in Nepal you don’t get a job unless you are recommended by someone, but it is not always so. You are respected for your achievement. The last two job offers that I got were entirely based on me and my own work rather than recommendation.
There is obviously room for a lot of work. Most important thing is you get to do something that you believe in! If you are in such a job, everyday is a blessing and a joy in itself. The only downside is you will obviously be not paid as much, but that is something that you should be prepared for. If you are coming back to Nepal, you are not coming here for the money. But that doesn’t mean you will not have enough for you living here; you will be pretty well off.
It is not just the job and career aspect that you get here, but the whole family experience. The simple joy that comes from being with your family or by being able to celebrate the festivals with them. By wearing new cloth and visiting relatives to get their blessing during Dashain. Just simply enjoying Tihar by lighting the candles all around your house and listening to small children coming to your door steps to sing their “Bhaileo”.
I am not saying this is for everyone. I am not saying you should catch the next plane tomorrow and be here the day after. I understand that all of us have our responsibilities and that we have our families. But it is sad that we forget at times that we have a responsibility towards our country as well. We forget our roots and tend to live for instant gratification in exchange for long term happiness. There are some people who can afford to give up their life in a foreign country and be back home. But it is sad to know that only a handful of them actually do it.
I have realized that you need a lot of courage and support to take that important step towards home. I have realized that it is ok to worry and be anxious. It is ok to think and rethink, to decide and to be undecided. But in the end whatever you choose it will take you to the right direction.
For me the direction was back to my country. Give yourself some time and think about it once again, which way does your direction show?
[Note: All the pictures posted above were taken by the Author herself]
[यो प्रस्तुति कतै पुन प्रकाशित गर्नु परेमा स्रोत खुलाएर वा लेखकको पूर्ण सहमतिमा मात्र प्रकाशित गर्नुहुन अनुरोध छ । -सपनासंसार ]