I spent more time with my family, and a second family (Marius’), took care of two lovely cats, finished my degree, graduated from my dream school, took better care of my finances, had a few exhibits, spent my birthday in a foreign land, backpacked into another country by myself, stayed at a hostel, took thirteen-hour bus rides, watched beautiful sunsets, ate real Indian food, saw rabbits running in the wild, painted more, read more, fixed a not-so-little nook that is now my studio, bought a sewing machine, got a job, got two jobs, got three jobs, fell asleep riding a motorbike, ate so much food, but grew more mindful of my food, went to Mindanao for the first time, went to the beach on Christmas day, developed a better sense of myself, and a better understanding of my faith, bought a domain, climbed a few mountains, ran away from deers, saw dinosaur skeletons, a blue whale skeleton, held freshly-trimmed sheep wool, read books, read everything I could get my hands on, went to a sunset festival but bathed in the rain, cooked the perfect scrambled eggs as per Gordon Ramsay, had fish and chips in the land of fish and chips, started things I failed to finish, snuck our way inside Westminster Abbey without paying, attended an Evensong mass by myself, visited the bones of Turkana Boy, got so broke I ate some strangers’ food and got busted (LOL), made friends out of these strangers, saw Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, John Everett Millais’ Ophelia, and Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère up close, felt such calming, but overflowing happiness, went punting in the land of Stephen Hawking, rode a bike for rent, went inside palaces, watched Les Miserables in West End, took leaps of faith, risks, failures, and everything in between.
I am writing this down with the hopes of reliving these moments, but what can I say – life passes before our eyes in split second motions that it’s so easy to take things for granted. My wish for all of us this 2018 is to savour everyday, never stop growing, never stop learning, be patient with yourself, and always look up to the skies with faith, hope, trust and love. We only get one life, after all.
Albeit a bit late, Happy New Year everyone!