Beginning of a new adventure!!

A cool breezy Saturday morning, the gentle warmth of the sun, friends and family walking in and out to wish me, clothes strewn all over my room, mom fussing over food; yes, that’s me getting ready to leave on my PULSE assignment to Tanzania in a few hours. I get a moment of quiet to reflect, I look across my room and I see this relic of a note hanging on my closet. It’s been there for so long now that it’s become a part of my room décor, I barely notice it anymore, until today. It reads something like this:

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

This quote is from a book called “Into the wild” by Jon Krakauer, a tale of Christopher Johnson McCandless’ journey alone into the Alaskan wild. This is an excerpt from a letter written by Chris to his friend while on his adventure. Although the book doesn’t have a happy ending (Spoiler alert!!), I chose to pick this quote as a reminder to myself to always push the boundaries, challenge myself and to never stop looking for adventure. How apt it is that I read it before I embark on my adventure to an unknown country, a new job, new people and new culture. More tales of my adventure to follow in the coming months and I welcome you to be a part of my journey.

A note about me: I currently work as a scientific writer in GSK’s vaccine division in India. As part of the GSK PULSE Volunteer Partnership, I will be working in Tanzania for 6 months. As part of my assignment, I will be supporting the African medical research foundation (AMREF) to drive their business development programme forward by building a strong business plan to secure funding, deliver country assessments, conduct capacity building for the staff and develop and manage proposal writing.