Life generally has been very fair to me and for that reason only I do not take things for granted. Today is an especially hard day for me, five years ago today I lost my uncle and he was the best uncle one could ever have or ask for. He was soft spoken, kind, humorous- you name it he possessed all those qualities in a person that you can almost refer to as those required to be a perfect being. My siblings and I grew up knowing him as our number one uncle- he always had our back. He always would tell us to live life to the fullest but at the same time to never forget where we were coming from.
Today as I remember him, I remember what the Atlas Corps fellowship has meant to me, not only have I had the opportunity to explore but I have learnt a lot in the last couple of months, I had had both positive and negative experiences but through it all I am still forging ahead and reflecting on how much growing up I have had to do within a short span of time. I can only say that this journey has been an adventurous one, having received various types of professional capacity building both here and oversees- for instance, having a background in law, it was very interesting to have had the opportunity to gain needed knowledge on budget monitoring and expenditure tracking. I have always disliked numbers so having to step out of my comfort zone to deal with numbers and calculations I can only say it was not easy however I am grateful for the priceless knowledge gained and now ‘Yes I can’ when it comes to numbers and calculations.
I have also met some incredible fellows and colleagues who I know long after this fellowship we will still be friends. I understand better now having gone through the process, how fellowships like these are meant to mold you into a much better, experienced and ‘ready to tackle the world’ version of yourself. It does not necessarily play out in those stages but then again sometimes it is just the first of many pushes we all need from time to time to find out who we really are, what we really want to achieve and contribute in this global village that we find ourselves in.