…a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing.
Ecclesiastes 3:5, Bible
It has been a long one. Long sleepless nights, long tiring days and long waiting hours. But everything comes to an end, and it has been no exception this day: the part 1 of “Project “Kazakhstan” was finally over for me.
The conclusions? Well, this is an easy one, or at least it seems to be.
- Do not trade away your life in exchange for business and job. When you emerge out of the murky waters of constant work, you will find out that you are surrounded by many, many people, yet almost none of them would really care about you. And what is most frightening, you won’t care about most of them either.
- Do sports. Seriously. Just do it.
- Sleep, eat, have moderate, measured amount of fun. Partying hard might seem like a good compensation for long work days, but I tell you – it is as tiring as work itself.
- Take good care of relatives, friends, and close ones. You never know how life will turn around, but when it does, you’d better be sure that you did everything and more to make sure that those few get as much attention and care from you as possible – otherwise, you’re in for some very unpleasant thoughts and emotions.
- Opportunity is everywhere. Look closely, observe, read. There is always more to most people than we see. Help them get what they want without thinking about your own gain – and they will return the favor. It’s the minor things that build up the great ones.
And so, what do I do now? I’m in a country I’m used to, but in which I am still no more than a guest. I’ve established new connections, I’ve got a taste of another culture, I’ve opened the gates to other part of the world (which, by the way, was a victory by itself – I find it funny that a Ukrainian citizen from Donetsk managed to get a US visa in Kazakhstan).
Seems to me, there is only one way to find out. Knock the door, and it shall open. Make the first step, and embrace the world. The brave new world.
P.S. From this moment, I’m posting in English only.