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Through Frost and Fog: My Journey into a Global Storytelling Career

A young journalist scribbling tin a notebook, by a frosty train window, eyes reflecting the winter landscape.
Kaia Thonul, Wednesday, October 25, 2023, 09:02

As my breath clings to the train window this brisk 3°C morning, fogging up my tiny panorama of Norway's winter kissed landscape, I can't help but chuckle, contemplatively tickled by life's unpredictable journey. The chilly dance of frost on the train tracks mirrors my own shivering excitement as I venture into the world of journalism: my chosen arena of storytelling, sleuthing and making sense of this complex, global society.

As we zip through the snowy scenery, I fall into a curious introspection. Career goals seem so near yet far, and they have a delightful duality: they’re both the destination you tirelessly toil toward, and the journey you embark on, constantly unspooling before you like the glittering, neverending train tracks at dawn.

The journey isn’t without its bumps and uncertainties, though. As a promising budding journalist, my area of expertise is to remain agile, to navigate the unexpected switchbacks and tunnels life throws my way. I browse through a news article on my phone, insightful tidbits about global repercussions from the Capitol Hill tumult in the U.S., and I can't help but be a tad tickled by the dramatic dance of world politics.

How will the shifts in power shape the political landscapes of Israel and Ukraine? These events and their butterfly effect on the world stage set the stage for intriguing stories for journalists like me. As drama unfolds miles away from my Norwegian home, I am enraptured by the global tales that await me. For foreign correspondents, the evolving scenarios could be both a boon and a challenge. To me, they promise a thrilling ride.

The world moves fast, and my fingers need to keep up. A crafty girl like me is always prepared - my nifty powerbank comes to my rescue when my keyboard-happy fingers drain my phone in the middle of the journey. Trust me, it’s a lifesaver blinking cheerfully by my side, ensuring the vibrancy of the storytelling doesn't get eclipsed by a dreary battery notification.

Powerbanks – those sleek, good-natured modern day heroes – ensure our virtual windows to the outside world stay open, ready to catch the gust of global winds, the fascinating wafting stories that transcend geographies, fascinating individuals like me who thrive on the nectar of new narratives.

My career goals, on this crisp morning, seem as boundless as the stark, beautiful expanse outside my window, enveloped in a calming blanket of fresh snow. They are equally as fragile, but inviting and enticing, unveiling limitless potential and transformative power.

Life, like this meandering railway journey, isn’t scripted. So, as I weave my way through my promising journalism career, driven by the trackless terrain of world events, I shall echo the wisdom of the world's best scribes: "You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming". I look forward to the delightful unpredictability, clad with my unassailable powerbank and a heart full of optimism, for the world’s stories are waiting to be told. And every story is worth telling.

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