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I’m Indonesian, and I’m Proud of It

Posted on: August 17, 2016

Akhir-akhir ini, gue cukup sering mendengar pertanyaan-pertanyaan berikut ini dari orang-orang asing yang baru saja mengenal gue.

“Are you Indonesian (or you just happen to work in Indonesia)?”

“So you were born and raised in Indonesia?”

“Did you ever go to school abroad?”

Jawaban dari semua pertanyaan itu sudah tentu iya, iya, dan tidak. Seolah sulit dipercaya buat mereka bahwa gue betulan orang Indonesia asli yang tidak pernah mengenyam pendidikan di luar negeri. Kata mereka, gue tidak seperti orang Indonesia pada umumnya. Bangga, sudah tentu, tapi di sisi lain, gue cukup merasa tersentil juga. Bukankah itu tandanya, kita; warga negara Indonesia, masih punya banyak PR dalam membangun bangsa ini?

Kita masih perlu belajar untuk menjadi bangsa yang berani mengambil keputusan. Berani mengutarakan pendapat serta benar-benar berani mewujudkan pendapat tersebut dalam bentuk perbuatan yang nyata (alias jangan cuma omdo). Berani berambisi dan berani mengambil resiko untuk mewujudkannya. Termasuk di dalamnya, berani meninggalkan zona nyaman untuk menantang diri kita sendiri!

Kita juga masih perlu belajar untuk menjadi bangsa yang mempunyai kepercayaan dan kebanggan diri. Bangga atas budaya sendiri, bangga untuk mengatakan tidak pada budaya yang tidak sejalan dengan hati nurani, serta punya keyakinan diri bahwa kita; bangsa Indonesia, tidak kalah dengan bangsa-bangsa lainnya! Jika mereka (baca: orang-orang bule itu) bisa melakukan sesuatu yang hebat, maka kita juga bisa jadi sama hebatnya! We can even be much better than them!

Yang terakhir, kita masih perlu banyak mempercerdas diri kita sendiri. Jangan malas untuk mempelajari ilmu baru, mempertajam ketrampilan, memperluas wawasan, dan tidak ada salahnya untuk mencoba melihat satu permasalahan dari berbagai sudut perspektif. Do the extra miles, serta jangan terlalu cepat merasa puas!

Kita harus berhenti menyalahkan pemerintahan Indonesia sehingga kita hanya bisa jadi begini-begini saja. Harus berhenti menyalahkan buruknya sistem pendidikan di Indonesia sehingga kita tidak sepintar bangsa-bangsa lainnya. Harus berhenti merasa malu bahwa kita hanya seorang warga negara Indonesia. Meski terdengar klise, tapi kenyataannya memang benar bahwa jika kita masih menyimpan pikiran seperti itu dalam benak kita, maka seseungguhnya, diri kita ini belum merdeka.

 I’m Indonesian, I was born, raised, and studied in Indonesia, and I’m proud of it.

Terlepas dari segala keterbatasannya, Indonesia adalah tempat gue mengejar mimpi (credit to OLX for this tag line!). Indonesia adalah tempat gue dipertemukan dengan orang-orang yang kemudian mengukir sejarah dalam hidup gue. Indonesia adalah tempat gue belajar mencintai dan dicintai. Indonesia adalah bagian dari diri gue, hidup gue, dan masa depan gue.

Selamat ulang tahun yang ke 71, Indonesia! Let’s do better, and let’s start from ourselves.


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