My name is Zofia and I am a 17-year-old, preparing for a life-changing trip around the world in the summer of 2017. I want to experience the diversity of different cultures, the kindness of strangers, venture into the great unknown of exotic places and for the first time in my life be still, find my own way, appreciate the world and… breathe!
Part of the adventure and excitement will be living on the absolute minimum, however I know that flight tickets, accommodation and food cost will add up. The first $500 I raise will be spent on a one-way ticket to North America, where I want to begin my extraordinary adventure. If you too believe that dreams do come true please help mine become a reality!
Here are a few words about why:
Upon beginning my A-levels (equivalent to SATs in the US) this September at a very high-achieving school, my not-so-distant future of a higher degree suddenly dawned on me. I never had a dream job or a dream degree which I wanted to pursue. Yet somehow society says it is almost mandatory to follow a certain footpath in order to lead a successful life.
It goes without saying that my A-levels are to prepare me for one of the best universities. As I indulge myself in the workload of assignments and deadlines, exams, staying up until morning to finish homework, I constantly find myself asking over and over- Why on earth am I doing this?! It is clear to everyone, including me that I am not happy. An activity I used to do with pleasure, I now do solely for a good grade. And I hate it. I have become frustrated, lost all motivation and purpose.
It is driving me crazy because I am naturally a super curious, dynamic, creative person. I love to play guitar, swim, do maths and indulge in super weird philosophical conversations, write poems and stories and create awesome art. Above all I love to travel, learn languages, teach others, lead my super healthy vegan lifestyle (here is a link to my vegan blog-www.kiwiphase.com). Basically do all the things that make me… me!
I am in no way saying that learning is unimportant. There are thousand of things I want to do. It’s just that I feel that while at school, I am not developing my true passions. I am standing still, lifeless, not pursuing anything at all.
Although I would love to drop out of school and set off this very second, I know it is not possible. First of all, I am still slightly underage, I don’t have enough money, and my family, though very supportive, would probably have a heart attack. My plan is therefore to wait until I have finished my A-levels and set out on my adventure straight after.
I appreciate your generosity and kindness, and I am super excited to hopefully see you during my travels!