It’s funny to see how time has flown by so quickly. It’s been 10 months since I decided to join The Jakarta Post and within 10 months, many things have happened and things have changed. I am still a learner, but I think I am getting better and I am thriving to be a better learner. Being a journalist has never been easy. It will always be challenging, but I enjoy everything.
Within 10 months I also got opportunities to cover events that required me to travel to another part of the world and another part of Indonesia. In early June, I got a chance to cover an International summit in Beijing, China. In early July, I got chance to travel to Makassar, South Sulawesi to cover an international conference on Islamic Finance. For the last one, it was pretty sudden as my editor told me to go to Makassar just at the night before the tomorrow’s departure. “Riza, you have to go to Makassar tomorrow,”, and the next day I landed in Makassar. What a life. For me, all the experiences I got within these past 10 months were amazing.
It’s good to see how my self growing within these past 10 months. I think, now I am more confident to interview international English speakers, I am more confident to discuss a heavy topic with other people, I am more confident in writing (although I know there are so much lacks and mistakes, here and there in my writing). But, still, I feel blessed and so grateful for everything. I looked back at 3-years-ago ‘me’. And I know that I am growing and developing. I, maybe take a slower time than my other friends in pursuing a career. But I feel like I don’t stick and stop at one point, but always taking a small higher step ahead.
Who was me three years ago? I was just a person with very limited English skill both in writing and speaking who had not enough confidence to speak in front of a friend who became her speaking practice partner. A person who had not enough confidence talking in front of people who silently judging her English with a very strong Javanese accent.
Who was me seven years ago? I was just a person who just listened to people talking about a movie without written English subtitle while talked to myself “I have no idea what they are talking about”. A person, who often got bullied in her college days due to her strong Javanese accent when speaking Bahasa Indonesia.
Three years ago, seven years ago, and maybe several years ago, No one knew that once, I would be a broadcaster on a radio, broadcasting news without any single Javanese accents sounded. No one knew that I would be a journalist for an English newspaper.
What people knew back then was I was a person who came from a small town, they did not even know, who spoke in a very strong Javanese accent and had limited capacity to speak in English.
It’s good to see me today and looked back at 3-years-ago “me”. It’s good to see me today and looked back at 5-years-ago “me”. I know that I am growing, I know that I am changing, to be a better person, a better learner.
The good feeling is the same, with feeling when knowing that everybody knows about Trenggalek or at least ever heard about Trenggalek because of Emil Dardak and Arumi Bachsin. Oh God thanks to them. They basically make my task easier to introduce Trenggalek than it used to be, when people, even people who lived in East Java asked me “Where Trenggalek is?”.
Things are changing..
Hopefully, things will always change to be better and better.
Amateur me, with all these cool people behind The Jakarta Post’s business desk