You Can Never Cross the Ocean Until You Have the Courage to Lose Sight of the Shore

By Vuthy Pisey

Vuthy Pisey© Lazaro Ruda / 2018

At first glance, what do you see in the picture above? Easy, you would say that you see a baby turtle walking toward the ocean. Now, take a few seconds to look at the picture again. This time tell me: what can your mind see and how much can you relate to this situation?

To me, this picture portrays the determination, willpower and courage of a baby turtle. It is about to take its first steps and face the life-and-death challenges in order to grow, develop and survive. Despite appearing to be slow and physically weak from the outside, the turtle is very brave and confident to leave the hatching nest (comfort zone) to the ocean (outside world).

Don’t you think that this situation is very familiar to us as a human being? Personally, this picture conveys many significant meanings than when it first meets the eyes. I find that it describes a lot about my personality, dreams and beliefs.

Hello with a big smile and warmest welcome to each and every person who is reading this post. My name is Vuthy Pisey, or you can call me Jolly. I am very glad that destiny brings us to meet each other for a specific reason here. As mentioned earlier, the above picture says a lot about me. Hence, I would like to sincerely invite you to look at and analyze the picture together to get to know me better.

The clear blue sky and big ocean you first see in the picture represent my curiosity, ambition and dreams. I firmly believe that life is a journey, not a destiny, and our horizon is unlimited. Frankly speaking, it is hard to describe myself as I am still struggling to find out who I am. Academically, I am in my 20s and a graduate from a bachelor’s degree of Education in English at Institute of Foreign Languages (IFL) and Finance and Banking at the National Institute of Business (NIB). Professionally, I am working in the finance and banking private sector.

However, those academic and professional title I have achieved do not necessarily define who I am. To seek the answer and find my inner self, I choose to experience and explore new things, and approach opportunities in life as trials to be tested. I do this by meeting and working with people through social projects and volunteering work. I also travel out of my comfort zone to new places and countries.

As I start to learn more about myself by interacting with the outside world, I gradually discover my interest and passion in a variety of fields: entrepreneurship; personal and professional development; leadership and public speaking; exercise for a healthy mind and body; food and traveling, etc.

Without knowing it, these interests have become a part of me, yet I still have not figured out what I want to do in life. As I start to ask people about their dream, I realize that I am not the only one who has not found one self in this big world.

This is how I join Voices of Youth 2018 and start to write a blog in the hope that my writing can express these struggles within myself and connect to others who have been or are going through the process of finding themselves.

As for the baby turtle in the picture, it represents some parts of my personality. When you think of a turtle, you probably think of an animal which is slow, idle, weak, peaceful and harmless.

These characteristics are related to me, as I am an indecisive person who takes a considerate amount of time and resources to make a decision. I would take things slowly but steadily, progressing at my own pace without being affected by the speed or success of other people.

I am both an introverted and extroverted person. On the outside, I am a friendly, outgoing and understanding person, who can adapt well to the surrounding people and environment. Yet, deep down inside, I protect myself with a strong shell so that people wouldn’t know my difficulties and challenges, except for my family and close friends.

After the hatching, a baby turtle has to take a risk and go out of its nest to the ocean to survive. Similarly, I am a risk-taker and determined to achieve my dream or what I firmly believe in. The significant difference is that a turtle would hide in its shell when it senses danger, while I would go out and solve the problems rather than hiding.

No matter how many words I write in this post, they cannot describe all about me. However, I hope this post will give you a picture of who I am, the challenges I have been through, the battle I am fighting with and the dream I want to achieve. I hope that we can stay in touch and get to know each other better from time to time. I am committed and looking forward to walking through this life journey with you.


Views expressed here are those of the author’s and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of UNICEF.

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