Many people talk about ‘‘finding your purpose’’ and ‘‘doing what you love.’’ Reaching your full potential, described in the aforementioned metaphors, certainly differentiates an average life from the outstanding one. However, when there is no clear vision and self-discipline to improve regularly, many people fail to put these tips into practice.
In this text I want to share one single ingredient that your MUN and life must have. If that is missing, everything else is in vain.
I was one of those people who accomplish whatever they set their mind to. I entered my mid-twenties while working at the Olympic Games and celebrating my birthday in the city that inspired me to become an English teacher and a multicultural communication addict. It was also a perfect summer of challenges after graduating from one of top-notch world-wide universities. However, I felt something was missing.
MUN was part of my experience for a while and I bid farewell with my MUN team in Belgrade when I started my Parliamentary internship in Berlin. My career got a transition and I was bashful and utterly proud and grateful for the surprise party my team organized before one of our standard Friday meetings. However, I felt something was missing.
Early on in my life I realized that politics and economy intervene with the peaceful lives of my family, friends and neighbours. As an avid reader, I encountered many times that people are deeply affected by where they live, but it is up to themselves to decide what they want from their life. My middle-class family in the war-torn region gave me the best education and value system possible. ‘‘You can accomplish anything,’’ my father always said. And I always did. However, I felt something was missing.
And on one Friday evening as I felt overwhelmed about the things I did not finish, while the thoughts that I lack productivity, do futile errands, or have not what it takes to be outstanding and find my purpose, when all these thoughts creeped in my head, I started sobbing. And it lasted for half an hour. It was very soothing and healing when it was over. But the actual process of sobbing was quite painful. Because I finally managed to vocalize to myself what was missing: my true myself in the present moment was missing. In the present moment or as we speak, so to speak. Living in present, enjoying the moment, not thinking about tomorrow - that was missing. Trust me, you will not ruin things up if you relax a bit since you are hardworking anyway. Trust me, you will become a better worker, friend or partner only if you are fully present.
Having a family member ready for an operation really opens your eyes. It makes you think about the moments which your important person and you enjoyed together or the opportunities that you missed. Again, you were together, but remote. Challenging circumstances make you question your purpose, the quality of your life, the choices you made and your road ahead.
To conclude, without the ability to enjoy experiences fully at the very (present) moment, do not do your Model UN. You want to be exceptional now and inspirational in the coming future. Everything else is just pretending or self-denial. Sometimes,without even noticing it.
Cover Image: Anonymous, The Food of Love