It has been two months I am in Jakarta. And it took me a good one month to adapt to the weather, the food and the lifestyle. I must say that it was a very stressful process which is normal when you travel to the other end of the world. But it is so worth it.
Now, I am getting used to almost everything. The main challenge is still the language barrier. Few people here speak English and I have a very restricted Indonesian vocabulary. So, my communication is limited to hand gestures and throwing the few words that I know. Luckily, Indonesians are one of the kindest and most patient people I’ve met so I know that even if I’m in trouble I could ask for help.
By comparing the lifestyle and mentality between Montréal and Jakarta, I learned many things. In my opinion, people are more social, open and friendly here. They are more selfless which I feel is something that is missing a lot in Montréal. Of course, there are very kind people too, but, from my experience, most people don’t care about others and are more self-centered because they don’t trust one another. I am definitely guilty of this. Even when people are nice to me, I always doubt their kindness. And being here made me realize the changes I need to do. Another difference I notice between my own lifestyle and theirs is the richness of their lives. The people I’ve met in Indonesia don’t just focus on their career and have one or two hobbies on the side. They embrace all the things that they love and are passionate about and are proactive about it, which I truly admire. I learned that you can shape your career with your different passions and don’t need to choose between one or the other.
Overall, being on this trip gave me motivation and hope for my future. I know what I want and everything I have experienced here confirmed that this is the path I want to take in the next few years.