I am just a normal joe writing this article, in a comfy office trying to find a simple angle to a story. It was then i realized in all my daily complaints in life, I am blessed.
On a normal day, many of us go to work, some nearby, some further than most. For me, I travel from Damansara to the UNDP office in Putrajaya. It’s quite a distance when just a year ago, our office was based in Damansara Heights. From a 10-minute drive to and from work has now changed to a 45 minute – 1 hour plus drive depending on traffic.
Depending on the distance, we complain about the time taken, the toll charges and the traffic jam. But, we still get to go back and see our loved ones at the end of the day. For most of us, it is the best thing to look forward too. And as we are all humans, we take this for granted. We should consider ourselves the lucky ones.
Imagine leaving your home for a year and can’t come back. Imagine serving as a UN Peacekeeper thousands of miles away. Imagine being a single mother with three kids and deployed to serve as a UN Peacekeeper thousands of miles away. Imagine being able to see your loved ones only through video and WhatsApp texts for a year.
This story is not about making you sad. Its about showing a woman who has courage and heart to do what most of us would not. Meet Lt Cdr Norhasram binti Mohd Muharami, 42, from Malaysia’s Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), did all the above – leave her three kids behind, to serve at a UN Peacekeeping mission in Lebanon for a year.