It’s a term break from school in Thailand now, and the children who are lucky to have any relatives caring at all, have gone to visit them. I strongly hope that they have an amazing time away from the shelter! Meanwhile, we are still some left here at the Swimming Home.

I remember back when my parents died, how alone I felt, with nobody to really talk with about the struggles in life, the sorrow about not being able to share the great moments with my parents anymore and get their advice for everything and anything. I felt like I had no one to really rely on. But after a while, I realized I HAD people around me to share both the great moments in life and the sad ones. I am not saying that I don’t miss my parents, cause I do. But I choose to look at all those good things I have had coming for me in life instead of reliving the losses and sorrows. I choose to focus on those I still can rely on. I have my siblings and their families, I have my aunts and uncles, I have my extra family which took me in to their home with open arms when I was only 15 years old, I have my friends, and I have my mother’s friends. The list is long! I am actually quite blessed with so many awesome people in my life.

The feeling of being blessed has only gotten stronger during the last months, especially during this term break. As mentioned, there are some left here with no family to rely on. They have nowhere else to go but the Swimming Home. So we are trying to make the best out of it where we are. We are growing closer together here at the Swimming Home, playing around, sharing our thoughts about life, and dare to show how we feel for the time being. We are hiking together, drawing, eating ice cream, running and playing in the swimming pool. And then it’s the everyday life as well. We have to work, we have to do our daily duties. But those become easier to carry when we have each other. We do have a great time together, and it feels great to be one of the people in their life that they can trust. We are laughing a lot, both children and grown ups. We are sharing our dreams. And we are living here and now. We rely on each other.

At the same time I am thinking about their future. Where will they end up? What will they do when they grow up? Because they do have dreams. Will they end up the same way as their parents did? Or is it possible to change the future? I know I for sure will try to make an impact by being a caring person while being here, and also contribute to a change through donations towards their education. It’s not much, but it’s better than nothing. And after feeling so blessed, it’s time for me to step up and be someone’s extended family. I think it’s about time to let that blessing rub off on someone else.

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