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Three Lessons Go Overseas Learned from Terri Wingham
Published 07/17/2012 by Terri Wingham
Last January Terri Wingham gave up her apartment, her belongings, and all other notions of a "normal life" to begin her 6-month journey volunteering across the world. Today, she is finally back home in Vancouver, Canada with a treasure chest of new friends, memories, and sense of purpose.
1. "Fear can be a guiding friend if we learn how to swallow it."
It is understandable why so many of us want to travel the world, but still haven't. We all share terrible anxiety when faced with great aspirations. We found that Terri was never unafraid. Each country always meant another dive into the great unknown. We have admired Terri for looking fear in the eye every time.
2. "The more you help others; the more you get in return."
Terri's original inspiration stems from her transformative experience volunteering in South Africa as a recent cancer survivor. Continuing to volunteer around the world only enriched her life further. The most important things shined through - memorable moments, and loving relationships.
3. Terri's final post in her blog "A Fresh Chapter" begins with a quote from Christopher Reeve: "At first dreams seem impossible, then improbable, and eventually inevitable."
If Terri has proved anything to us, it's that dreams are possible as long as we have the courage to pursue them. Completing her 6-month journey has only allowed Terri to dream bigger.
What is she doing next?
In February of 2013, Terri plans to bring a group of 8-12 cancer survivors, a researcher, and a videographer to volunteer in New Delhi. She has also started The Fresh Chapter Foundation in order to partner with major cancer support organizations across North America, to help other cancer survivors plan and fundraise for their own volunteer trips.
We're excited to continue following Terri's hope revolution!