Thank you Canada

Thank you Canada, for welcoming my first breath. For giving me a childhood where summers were for bike rides, falls for playing sports, winters for building forts and springs for the excitement of graduating to the next grade.

Thank you for introducing me to such a large family. I will always cherish those Saturdays running around the house with all my cousins. And the insane amount of time spent at Wonderland. Oh, and the food. Those potlucks were the best.

Thank you for allowing me to breathe the dewy air on my way to volleyball practice. To let my teenage anger out on the rugby field. To travel to exotic locations for band camp. To let me partake in talent shows without feeling like a fool.

Thank you for connecting me with a math teacher that I butted heads with in grade 9, only to have her become my favourite teacher by grade 12. And the teacher that was willing to throw money at his robotics team to give us a chance to create something bigger than ourselves. And the teacher who allowed me to run the dragonboat team.

Thank you for the wonderful time in Kitchener Waterloo (which deserves its own thanks). Though I was a late bloomer, I don’t think I could’ve grown into someone I would’ve been prouder of anywhere else.

Thank you for introducing me to all the wonderful people I’ve met along the way. Although I have lost contact with many of them, they have all helped me get to this point.

And thank you for being a part of the Commonwealth. I can’t believe how easy it is for me to just pick up my bags and go somewhere new.

Which I guess, brings me to the point of all this.

You see, Canada, I’m going to be leaving for awhile.

Although my parents had to go through the struggle leaving their family at a young age, and had to work 3 different jobs to make ends meet before they became established, I can’t truly appreciate everything you have given me. Not until I know what it’s like to live somewhere else.

But don’t worry, you’ll always be a part of me. And I know that our relationship isn’t over.

Until then, please continue to be the country that I’m proud to call home.

As for you, Malaysia – I’m excited to discover my roots and be a part of Mindvalley!