A month ago, Migail and I got married, packed all of our belongings in two bags, said goodbye to all of our family and friends and moved to Vietnam.
Don’t settle for a life less than the one you are capable of living!
When we were driving in the taxi from the Hanoi airport to our hostel, we looked at each other and thought “what have we gotten ourselves into?!” The road was jam-packed with motorbikes all trying to get where they needed to be, no one following the rules (which we’ve found out, there really are none). Our first few days were filled with jobs interviews, buying a motorbike, and looking for an apartment to rent. Deals fell through, we got ripped off (multiple times), our motorbike got a flat tire, but slowly and surely things started falling into place. We got an apartment. We both got jobs teaching English at pre-schools. And every day, we have learned something new that has helped us get around easier and feel more settled. We have found our favorite spots to go and have started to make really good friends.
It has been the craziest month of our lives but we wouldn’t change a single thing. Despite all the hiccups and confusion, we both agree that we have already learned so much about ourselves and each other. We have learned how to be sad together in the bad times, to be happy together in the good times, and to trust God no matter the circumstance. He has shown His faithfulness to us time and time again, and continues to do so each day.
This week Migail and I were offered jobs in Danang, a smaller city in Vietnam, where we will work as project managers for a company doing social development and community upliftment work. This is exactly what we are passionate about and what we came here to do. So… we took the jobs! Our bags are back out, we are packing up again, selling our bike, going to have to find another apartment, find our new favorite go-to spots, meet new people… but we are ready. We know that we have each other and if God is in us, we will not fail.
Take a risk. Do something that seems crazy and scary. Give back to the community. In the words of Nelson Mandela, “There is no passion to be ... in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Yes, it may be hard and there may be times when you want to turn around and go back. But I can assure you, it will change you more than you can even imagine.
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