Over the last one year, I probably have been the most fortunate person on the planet. I started out with what seemed like an impossible dream. To travel the world, take challenges and learn. And also build The Odd Traveller, a community that will encourage many to take up learning based travel. It is still a long long way to go before we make this community an operational reality.
But I got a shot at this dream, only because many of you chose to share what you have and to support me. While all of you were contributing to what I was doing, I was nagged by a question, ‘what can I ever give back?’
Then one evening in Thailand, when I was on the metro to the airport, I noticed a couple. They were blind & probably not very well to do either. Yet they were so graceful, holding each others’ hands. I felt almost embarrassingly privileged to have this life where almost nothing is a limitation.
That is when I realised, the least I could do, is to use my body & its organs when I am gone. So I decided to pledge my organs in the hope that someday my eyes will look at someone else with love. And may be my heart beats will live in someone else’s body.
Right before I turn 33, I have registered myself as an organ donor with http://www.giftyourorgan.org/
This is the smallest way in which I express my gratitude to all of you who have walked with me. And I am hoping this encourages some more of you to pledge your organs. I believe it is truly a ‘gift of life’.
Thank you all for inspiring me.
(Full Disclosure: I can only donate when I get back to India.)