I joined GMB without know anything about GMB. In the beginning, I was interest with the Youth Adventure & Youth Leaders Forum, and I applied for it. I was accepted to be one of the participant, and got ready to join it. We got a challange in the Youth Adventure. The challange is we must go to Cibubur from Semarang but we must come to two cities and we only have Rp.100.000 in the journey. The team was made into 3 persons each group, and every member still didn’t know each other. My teamates were Nadya Karima Melati and Rahmadi M Ali.
For the first step, we must take a bus and go to Tegal. We had got the bus but we only had a few of money. To solve the problem, i asked my team to “ngamen” in the bus and we got about Rp.65.000. It has been enough to pay our trip to Tegal. We arrived in Tegal at night but we never come to Tegal before. A kind young lady that saw us in the bus help us to find a police station. We stay in the police station for that night, and in the morning we got so many helps from the police. In Tegal we must get as much as money that we can get. We sold clothes and calendar, we sing in the town center and many things. After we got much money, we went to Brebes to do ‘a giving hand’. We got a ride from a truck driver who are on the way to Karawang. As long as the journey, the driver told us about how poor he is. Eventhough he is poor, he paid for our lunch, dinner, and breakfast, and gave us money to go to Cibubur also. We asked him why he want to help us, and he answered “ maybe I’m not rich, but as long as I have something to give, I will give it to whom need it”. The story about the driver become our main topic when we arrived in Cibubur.
The story made me think about the meaning of my life. What can I do in my life? what is my life for? Have I had a really life right now?
I choose to have a life beyond myself because that’s the way to make my life more life. That’s the way to make me happier and grateful. And that’s the way to make my life useful.
Sometimes our life seems not to be like we want and we imagine. But don’t make it as a reason for us to stop thinking about the others, because we are HUMAN. Let’s share because therefore we are.
God bless us.
Haga Christian Ginting
Participant of GMB Homestay Program 2016