When I was a little girl, my father used to take me to a nearby shop on his motorcycle on Saturdays. There, he bought me chocolate-flavored milk - known as 'Susu Ultra Coklat' - and 'Full Milk' chocolate bar. How I loved those moments! I know, for other people it meant nothing, but for me, it was a lavish treat and I always looked forward to it every week end.
Now that I'm all grown up, every time I go to a shop or to a super market and catch the sight of the milk, all my childhood memories flash back in front of my eyes all of a sudden. It's like I am being reminded to look back and be thankful to Allah for everything - both the high and the low - that has made me what I am right now.
My family and I used to live in 'rumah kontrakan' and motorcycle was our means of transportation. Then things got better. We moved to a house of our own and after one or two years, my parents could afford to buy a car. Things were okay, but then my father was assigned to move to the headquarter by his employer. That means we had to move from Surabaya to Jakarta.
For me our family's moving to Jakarta was more than just moving. It also means a change of the way we - or I, to be precisely - look at life. Surabaya has always been a home to me and I never dreamt of living my life anywhere but in that city. Now, here I am, walking, eating, inhaling and exhaling the air of Indonesia's capital city. I don't know what would happen if I stayed on living in Surabaya. I guess I would never have thought of how much variety the life offers or how many opportunities are out there had I lingered in Surabaya.
A long journey indeed. And all started with my favorite 'Susu Ultra Coklat'.