“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

My dad had escaped a terrorist attack at the Colombo Airport that night. I couldn’t help but think how I would have felt if things turned out differently.

I was an adamant nine-year-old who refused to say goodbye to him before his shift – he forced me to finish my homework before watching TV that evening. By the time I woke up in the morning, my dad was back – covered in injuries. The home was wreaked in havoc – our phone lines were ringing, and my parents barely noticed I had entered the kitchen.

I want to live life with people I love and care about. I do not want to hold back on my thank yous and sorrys. I want to understand the world, experience, and explore. I want to be intentional about my actions. I want to be vulnerable. I want to be strong. I want to take risks. I want to take risks and hustle. I want to touch at least one life. I want to live life without regret.

— Vysh Ravikumaran