Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

The First Week

The first week of the course was fun and intense.

I was sitting in the room with a super cold AC but my palms were sweating.  Why?  Because I was challenged to step out of my comfort zone.  To fight for what I believe.  To stand strong for what I’ve learned.  To listen carefully for the hidden messages in those emotional states.

I didn’t know what to expect in the first week.  I just let things be and I went with the flow.   I did what I had to do to observe and explore what are there to learn.

And I’ve got through it.

I’ve packed my brain so much with knowledge in these 5 days.  I’ve learned a lot more than I had expected from friends around the world.  The most important thing is I’ve discovered things I did not know about myself
….my ability to do something
…to stop something
…and to fight for something I believe in.
And it was amazing.

My friend who finished this course in 2009 said life is a big mystery.  She believed that she wouldn’t be able to be where she is today if she did not attend this course.

I believe her.

I work and advocate for the rights of children who move across borders in Southeast Asia.  Trafficked, migrant, refugee, asylum seeking and stateless children should share the same rights as those who are a citizen of that country.  And I thought that was good enough.

….something is missing.

This first week of class opened my eyes.

Until we dig out the root cause of the problems, stare at it with different lens, listen to it with sensitive ears, and analyse it with the believing heart that things can be better, we will be half way to solve things.

I will always fight for the rights of all children.  But I know something big is waiting for me.

I don’t know what it is at the end of the finish line.  But I’m excited and eager to see what’s there.  In the meantime, I just have to equip myself with all the knowledge, skills, emotions, strength, feelings, and joy of every moment in this memorable experiences.  I’m sure by the next three months I will be ready….for anything that is coming my way.

Let the journey to peace begin!

Ratirose Supaporn, Thailand
Rotary Peace Fellow
January 2013 Session


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