i used to believe that my life could never truly begin until i left this country for good. but oh, how time (and age) has altered that belief. honestly speaking, there was always such a pressure i had put on myself to "make it" out of here and now, part thanks to the state of the world and part thanks to having gained more of a big picture perspective, i am completely relieved of such pressure and maybe it is a huge cop-out but i am no longer fixated on the notion of needing to leave everything behind to reinvent myself. as a matter of fact, i could not be happier with the me that i have evolved into today.

my journey to true self-love was a long and arduous one, for sure. but all the best things in life take time, dedication and perseverance. on the last day of my last month of freedom, i cannot help but be reminded of why this bible verse remains my most favourite for all time:

therefore i am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever i am weak, then i am strong.
—2 corinthians 12:10.