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Sunday, December 3, 2023

A brighter 2022 – Pam goes travelling %

In a blink of a watch, we’re within the fourth month of 2022. Wow, Q1 flew by similar to that. Lastly, I’m sitting in entrance of my laptop computer, able to pen down the annual ritual piece to set the tone and path for the yr. Normally, this yearly submit would have been up by Lunar New 12 months, nevertheless it’s nearly 2 months late this time. 

Let’s rewind a little bit to the final little bit of 2021. Usually, by the tip of the yr, I’d have a good suggestion of what I need to work in direction of the next yr; nevertheless, I used to be nonetheless clueless till the final day of the yr. With all of the uncertainties Covid brings, I’ve realized to handle my expectations and be extra fluid with my plans. 

Now, 3 months of 2022 have handed, and I’ve extra readability transferring ahead. 

Since we’re in April, let’s simply contact briefly on what has occurred previously 3 months of my life. 

Q1, 2022

Enable me to explain Q1 of 2022 in 3 phrases: Festivity, Frustration and Busy. 

In contrast to final yr after I misplaced the Chinese language New 12 months festive spirit, this yr, I’m glad that the celebratory temper is again! I received to spend a while with my prolonged household and pals. I all the time admire the CNY for it’s the finest time to take a break and meet up with each other amidst our all yr spherical busy schedule. 

Why frustration? The 2 years of the pandemic have left me jaded, flat in a method that I’m uninspired, going by means of the movement of residing. I used to be contented with staying put in, exploring pockets of neighbourhoods final yr. Nonetheless, I can not and don’t need to stay this manner anymore; thus, I really feel this manner. I discover myself getting more and more impatient, short-tempered and, dare I say, unkind. Unkind, not in the best way that I want loss of life upon individuals however extra like, much less empathetic and extra irritable. For instance, suppose somebody by chance knocks their bag into me, I’ll have the urge to retaliate, that kind of unkindness. I actually dislike this model of me. 

Let’s simply say I’ve changed into a workaholic. I’m juggling between the job that pays the payments and different gigs. Undoubtedly, the job that pays the invoice is comfy; it’s unchallenging and generally even dreary. Regardless of that, I’ll proceed so long as the organisation renews my contract (for now). Don’t be mistaken; I’m not complaining about my work, though my schedule can generally get a little bit cray-cray. Nonetheless, I’m very grateful for each alternative that has come my method so far! 

So, I assume that sums up my first three months of 2022. 

Now, transferring on

What’s subsequent? 

This yr, I get my sight at 2 targets. 

I’ve been wanting to do that for the previous two years. If nothing goes fallacious, I’m going forward with the plan. I’ve kickstarted the analysis on the precise route I intend to stroll. I’m feeling a mix of pleasure for nervousness. Pleasure as a result of I’m going on an journey to expertise new issues and sights. I’m additionally nervous as a result of I’m nervous that my chosen route could also be too difficult for me and all of the what-ifs and uncertainties. It’s regular to really feel this manner pre-trip nevertheless, I would like to organize myself properly and expertise it, imagine within the good in individuals, myself and miracles that every thing will work itself out.

My flat will likely be prepared between 2024 to 2025, so it means I’ve 2 years to avoid wasting up for the renovation. The renovation will likely be one other headache by itself that I don’t even need to take into consideration in the meanwhile. So, I simply want to verify I’ve received sufficient cash by then as a result of I definitely don’t need to take up a renovation mortgage. 


Talking of how I don’t like the present model of myself, the one method I can mend my methods, be much less bothered and extra empathetic and open, is to go and journey. It’s the ability of journey as a result of a pal as soon as mentioned we’re the perfect model of ourselves after we journey, and I can not agree extra. 

To date, most nations are on observe to opening up their borders. Please don’t let the virus mutate right into a severe and lethal one. Now we have come to this point, two years, two years of youth which were misplaced. Additionally, for the love of humankind, cease the conflict in Ukraine so we are able to get again to normalcy for as soon as. 

Between now and Camino de Santiago, there’s work, sleep, work, socialise, work, and me-time. Yeah, that’s about it. Counting all the way down to the second, I jet off for a REAL break as a result of I need to discover the perfect model of myself once more. So right here’s to a brighter 2022.

Out at sea, with Pulau Satumu behind

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