March 10, 2013 – March 10, 2014: Counting my blessings.

Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

March 10, 2013 to March 10, 2014. One year, millions of surprises. Places I never thought I could ever go, people I never thought I would ever be friends with, things I never thought I would ever do. To mention and count everything is simply too many. So here are some big events and things I am thankful for:

1. March 10, 2013. Sweet jello for sweet 22 birthday! 🙂

photo (1) photo (2)*I miss you all girls! Gladys, Nia, Irene, Pingkan and Feli!*

2. April 1, 2013: Bachelor of Science.

2013-04-15 14.11.04After 4 years of study. More responsibility to take on.

3. May 8, 2013: Hearing and reading the word Palopo for the very first time.

All excited after opening the letter but bursting into tears the next five days knowing that having to go so far away for three years. But life went on.

4. June 2013: Lampung trip

First time stepping my feet in Sumatra island!!

lampung

first time riding on an elephant!

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new friends!

group photo istiqlal 2

sisters!

ok miss you!

5. June 2013: Proper goodbye for great people!

spv lama 2013-06-03 17.28.45 2013-06-03 17.25.22 2013-06-03 17.21.30 2013-06-03 17.40.06Ex-roommies: Priscilla & Gladys. Great mentors and friends from SPH Sentul City: Leanne, Mr. Scott, and Stephanie. Friendly bakso-seller couple at SPH Sentul City.

6. July 1, 2013: Ron’s birthday

with ronthe night when Ron, the birthday boy, kept us waiting for more than an hour for karaoke. He never showed up. Finally, ended up singing like crazy and taking silly pictures in our hotel room. At least he finally made it there.

2013-06-26 19.13.11Farewell dinner with the Metcalfes. Lovely couple who have been great mentors during my college life.

7. July 6, 2013 – now: Welcome to Sulawesi!

First time stepping my feet in Sulawesi island!

New places. New people. New experiences. New things.

GRADE 5SMILE! singingmy students 🙂 little beautiful faces who color my life now.

palopo new lovely friends that I have never imagined I could be friends with. 🙂

superriskaa Latuppa 2-001 Latuppa 4 2013-08-06 06.18.30DSCN0756 places I never thought I could ever be.

planting! reading Bible praying kids walking to class teaching them how to read. teaching them how to pray. Things I never thought I could ever do. Here. With these people.

In a year, God has been blowing my mind with what He’s done and I believe that there will be many more surprises coming in the coming years. Wherever this life may go, have Your way, Lord. Wherever this long road may end, have Your way, Lord. Whatever this life may bring, have your way, Lord. Nothing more I wish for this birthday than to enjoy the ride as I’m going this life through.

Because at the end of everything, You must become greater, I must become less. Because I am just an unworthy servant who has simply done my duty.

Another day, another random question to ask. #3

What’s the one thing you’d like others to remember about you at the end of your life?

Very interesting question. Well, it’s one of the tough questions ever been asked. We only live one life. Each day we passed is never going to be back to us. Even just for a glimpse. All the days we have passed are nothing but memories that are kept right in the heart. They’re locked there forever, and we can never go back.

Every new coming day marks that we’re actually getting closer to the end of the journey. When is it going to end? It remains nothing but a mystery. What kind of life we’re living right now? One thing for sure, no one is ever going to leave this world and just disappears. We all one day will going to go from this fleeting world and we’re going to be nothing but memories in people’s heart and mind.

So the question is ours now, what’s the one thing you’d like others to remember about you at the end of your life?

Tomorrow, I am going to step into a new age in my life. I will be ending this 22nd year and getting in to my 23rd year of my life. I am like, God, time does fly too fast! These past weeks I actually have been thinking of what I have done these many years of my life. Life is not about the length of the journey but about the length of our hand reaching out to people. Life is not about the many years we have lived and counted but how many things that we have done that count.

I am pretty sure we all have our own list of things we’d like others to remember about us at the end of our life. But as for me, if had to have one thing that I’d like others to remember about me at the end of my life, I then would like others to remember that I am teachable.

*deep sigh*

I realized, these past five years, that there are things that are not ours to control. There are things that I just can’t change. I learned that there are actually those times that things did not turn out as I expected them to be. I did come to the understanding that it takes humility and a teachable heart to get through all those things. It was not easy, let me tell you, well, maybe you guys may have known about this better than me. As a detailed person and a simply perfectionist, I used to think that things have to work according to my will. Things have to be done like this, according to my way and other than what I think is the best way is wrong and has to be redone.

But I came to realize that this life is NEVER about what I think is the best. This life is NOT about what I will to happen. This life has NEVER BEEN and WILL NEVER BE about me, me, and me. I was all wrong that I used to think that everything in this world has to revolve around me. It was nothing but a mistake.

Well, I make mistakes but I learned. And the most important thing, I am willing to learn. Life is not the same as I used to know it, that’s for sure.

So, what about you? What’s the one thing you’d like others to remember about you at the end of your life?

Another day, another random question to ask.

-superriska