A month at the Phaung Daw Oo School
Do you ever get that feeling that you could do something more with your life? Or you perhaps you want do something more but your current situation make change difficult if not impossible?
That's how I feel at the moment, my career has been interesting and varied. I’ve been an engineer, a project manager, a professor, a bit of an artist and now an entrepreneur at Evolution; my “fix projects that have gone a little astray” company. Up until now its been pretty good, we had a great 2016 building and commissioning a large facility but we knew the next project would be harder to get in this economy. And that got me thinking.
When I left college with my degree, I had the belief that I was going too change the world, no plans as too how but a belief none the less. Looking back over what I’ve been doing for the last 28 years it doesn’t exactly fit that plan. I got job, got busy, got busier, got another job, tried this career, tried that, worked some more, but didn't really change the world much…
The perfect storm has been brewing for me. I was 50 last year, completing another decade gave me a feeling of finality, you can't go back. You get one go at life, so make the most of it! This and the slowing Alberta economy (suddenly my business as usual plans got rather messed up) provided me with the time to reflect on my original plan, is this really what I want to do for another 15 years? Sure, I like the work, thrive on the challenges, the chaos these projects provide but is it totally satisfying? Perhaps it’s finally time to start doing something a little different, at least for a while? Why not try to change the world, even if it's only a small amount?
I was definitely not thinking of going to Myanmar when I googled "volunteer work in Calgary", but that's what came up. Sometimes opportunity knocks and you have to grab it I guess? I have sort of done this type of work before, in 2009 after the financial crash I’d toyed with the idea of doing team building using Maker education principles. I believe in fate and that this has come for a reason, I have absolutely no idea why now but I'm sure it will eventually become apparent.
I'm going to write about my experience over the month here in Mandalay, Myanmar. Please feel free to follow along, this is a new experience for me diving in Social Media. If anything resonates with you please comment. Thanks for your time.