I’ll start off this post on a high note and admit that 2013 was a great year. There were a lot of unanticipated pies to the face while on the other hand, a lot of changes which ultimately steered into the positive.
Despite the crumbling of bits and pieces of my life earlier in the year, the experiences offered an opportunity to focus on myself and to think critically about my past, present and future. Things like my career, education, personal fitness and interests all fell in to place. More so, the people around me changed for the better. My siblings are doing well in school. My parents aren’t working as hard as they need to, my cousin got married, I’m now an uncle, and most importantly, my friends and family all have bigger and better plans for their own personal and professional development. I cannot be more proud of them all.
Throughout 2013, I’ve met a lot of people who have individually shaped my outlook on life. At the same time, I also (and unfortunately) lost and let go of some people who were dear to me. I won’t forget these people because they played a pivotal role in my life, directly influencing my actions and decisions. I am grateful to have had you in my life. So like the yin and yang, there is some sort of crazy balance that somehow and in some way sets everything in to place. It’s just a matter of time and exercising the virtue of patience. And sure, people say life is short and you only live once, right? (Worst cliche – ever!)
Having said that, it was sad for me to lose my uncle earlier this year who unfortunately sacrificed his entire life to build a safe and solid foundation for his children but alas, he did not get to enjoy the fruits of his labour. I was most definitely at a loss for words when I had heard news of this.
Here are some of my highlights for 2013 in no particular order. Whether good or bad, you can decide for yourself.
– I started playing the trumpet again after a 10 year hiatus
– I got accepted in to BCIT’s Bachelor of Technology (Technology Management) Program
– I am healthier (overall)
– Sacrifice – understand it and accept it
– My average speed increased on the bike. Same goes for endurance. I am proud of this achievement
– My clothes don’t really fit me anymore. I had to size down and I look like a moron because the clothes are too big
– After years and years of doing the same job, I’ve moved on to bigger and better things
– My cousin got married. We welcomed a new addition to our family. The both of them are happy and I am extremely proud of them
– My cousin gave birth to a baby girl so now I’m an uncle. I hope she becomes the surgeon general and buys me a Porsche 911 one day
– My boss is awesome. He is by far the most supportive manager I’ve had to date in my 10+ year career
– Always work hard, but always try to work smarter
– I am single
– I learned a lot more about my strengths and weaknesses and how, where, and when to work on them. It’s an on-going effort
– My uncle passed away. This in itself taught me how to value life differently. Although I don’t feel that it was his time to go, it certainly taught me some valuable life lessons
– Give people a chance
– Take the time to listen to what people have to say
– Don’t take life too seriously
– Work and money isn’t everything
– Life is about balance. You need to make it work
– My family in Los Angeles – I don’t say it enough but I love you all. You mean a lot more to me than you think
– I have an amazing group of friends. I don’t need to explain why – you certainly know who you are
I’m looking forward to a fun and exciting new year in 2014. I have a feeling it’s going to be great.