It has taken me a long time to accept that SAS is over and it will never happen again. While this makes me feel nostalgic and sad many times, SAS is an experience that no one can ever take away from me. It will forever be a part of my life and a part of who I am. I will be able to look back when I am an old woman, and know that this voyage was the turning point in my young life.
SAS has forever changed the person that I am and I am more than grateful to have that perspective. I saw the world. I took a voyage, both personally and physically, and was open to everything that it would give me. I didn’t hold back, and experienced everything I could. And that is why it changed me.
Coming back to my ‘new normal’ has certainly been difficult and my personal growth from SAS has hindered a lot of my previous friendships. But this cannot make me sad, because I know my voyage will forever be with me and the things I learned, saw and experienced are now a part of me. I am a better person, a more understanding and open-minded person because of SAS. I am so thankful for the opportunity I had on the MV Explorer, and no amount of gratitude or thank you can ever make up for the amazing gift my parents gave me. From the bottom of my heart, I am eternally grateful.