by Natalie Depyper, a member of the SkillCorps Indonesia October 2016 team

People say things like this, “What do you want to do with your life? What are you going to be when you grow up?”

Answering has always been difficult. Maybe that is why I attended 5 universities before completing my undergrad and already switched over once in just the beginning of my graduate studies. Maybe that is why my mom has always called me a gypsy – never staying in the same place long, but answering has really always been difficult because people look at my life as irresponsible & uncommitted, strange & hard-to-swallow. It’s different, so it’s awkward. I get it. But I am committed to many things & have a lot of responsibility in my life because my answer to the question of the people is this – to love & to understand. I love children who have autism. I spend my life trying to love & understand the community.

(Insert confidence) All my experiences, mistakes & seasons have taken me to hard & beautiful places and I am in love with the people in Indonesia who spend their lives sacrificially giving all of themselves to create a center for children who have autism.

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People say things like this, “What does that look like to you?”

Today it looks like this…

Rice & fresh juice for breakfast

A vibrant, bumpy morning ride through Jakarta provided by Rani’s papa

Shoes left at the door of Hi5

Hugs & laughter as greetings

Sitting on the floor

Piscok

Hours of divine conversation & hard work amongst many languages

Enak foods from Rani’s mama

Walks

Games

Cooling, bold rain

Relishing in new relationships

Admiring strong women watching their dreams come to a reality

Tears

Plus delta

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