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Silver Lining in the Turbulences

As I sit here, penning down my thoughts at the close of 2023, I find myself marveling at the journey the past 365 days has taken me on. It began with a love letter to crisis in January, a declaration that set the tone for a year of unforeseen challenges and unexpected triumphs. Little did I know that these trials would not only shape my perspective and redefine my cultural understanding but would also lead to a remarkable transformation within my family.

The challenges were numerous, one of the most poignant being the struggle to find a suitable educational environment for one of my sons. Rejections from multiple schools left us disheartened, but instead of succumbing to despair, I resolved to find a path forward. In the midst of chaos, I took small steps, at times stumbling and occasionally retracing my steps. Yet, amidst the thick clouds of uncertainty, I persevered, carrying the weight of my burdensome body and soul.

With determination as my guide, I embarked on a quest to find the right lessons and tutors for my sons. The journey was arduous, marked by numerous trials and errors. Yet, even in the absence of formal education, a glimmer of hope emerged. The community recognized the artistic talents of my sons, paving the way for unexpected opportunities. Allen's art, in particular, garnered attention, leading to collaborations and exhibitions that not only showcased their creativity but also provided a source of income for an 8-year-old Allen. Their art found a place in exhibitions such as UN x Bumi Langit event “Patriot Adalah Kita”, JCDC Specialpreneur 2.0, Pesta Inklusif at Taman Mini Indah Indonesia (TMII), and became the inspiration for unique merchandise.

Amidst the whirlwind of challenges, I unearthed a surprising revelation about myself—I am an Asperger. Learning about my own neurodiversity in the midst of chaos forced me to confront authenticity and understand the true colors of those around me. This self-discovery, though unexpected, became a valuable lesson that added wisdom to my repertoire.

As I reflect upon the trials and triumphs of 2023, I find solace in the realization that I have emerged stronger and wiser. Setting clear priorities and goals, I can discern the silver lining in the turbulence that defined this chapter of my life. The difficulties were not merely obstacles but opportunities for growth, resilience, and self-discovery.

In the tapestry of life, every thread, no matter how dark or challenging, contributes to the beauty of the whole. This past year has taught me that every cloud indeed has a silver lining—a beacon of hope, resilience, and unforeseen possibilities. It is through navigating the storms that we discover our strength and witness the transformative power of perseverance. As I step into the unknown of the coming year, I carry with me the lessons of 2023, cherishing the silver linings that emerged from the turbulence of life.
Let’s welcome new adventure in 2024!

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