Hi, I'm Tanya Maithai. I was in London for freshman year and I'm from Thailand.
When I was in 5th grade my dad had to undergo a triple by-pass surgery. At that age I wasn't able to fully grasp how risky and dangerous the surgery was but I knew that the result could easily sway either way. Although my dad acted as if everything was normal because he didn't want to worry us. The day before the surgery I found him quietly playing with my dogs in the backyard. This was not out of the ordinary, except for the fact that he was taking photos of them as if he wasn't going to see them ever again. He loves photography and has always been the one to carry multiple cameras around his neck during holidays. This used to annoy my siblings and I so much as (I believed at the time) we were wasting a lot of time standing in the exact same spot. However, I felt something different when I saw him that day. I questioned myself why I would frequently get agitated when he made us take photos. Why did I have to waste time getting annoyed over something so little? I began to understand that this was his enjoyment - to capture valuable moments so that we can cherish it. There was nothing that I could do that would change this because that is just the way he is. I realized that I can't wait for another life-threatening event to occur before I changed my way of thinking. Even until this day he would have multiple cameras with him on holiday and still photograph absolutely everything. I occasionally feel a little annoyed but then I think of this moment and the feeling disappears. The least I could do is simply just let him take all the pictures he wants because I know that he won't be here forever. I learnt that you can only expect so much for others to be a certain way but you always have the choice to change your way of viewing things.