Friends and family,
I would like to end the 2014 year with a final note as this has been my annual tradition; a review of the ups and downs, and laughs and cries of 2014. This year in particular has blown by with a blink of an eye.
The first quarter of 2014 was certainly interesting. I started my B.Tech at BCIT, sold the M3, only to find a 996 several months after*. During the second quarter of the year, I enjoyed some time in LA with my family, cycled here and there and in Q3, attended many weddings, went to LA again, only to come back to a rocky start of Q3 with the re-org. Q4 was a challenge where it tested my perseverance and dedication working on one of the most significant projects I have been tasked in my entire career to date.
2014 can simply be summarized by the fact that I went through a lot of ups and downs and learned a lot of life lessons. Life lessons more so because the re-org at work taught me a lot where hard work, dedication, honesty, and perseverance go a long way. More so, I discovered first hand that you reap what you sow. The seed you plant today may not result in a tree the next day, but somewhere down the road, that tree will be full of ripe fruit. I miraculously managed to taste the fruit of my hard work and dedication – something I have longed for in both my personal and professional life.
This year alone, I reflect on my life as an adult to realize I have come a long way and that I have achieved a lot more than I had expected. While I did not start a multi-million dollar business nor discover the cure for cancer, I have often tread on the road less taken and the journeys have yield some interesting and worthy outcomes of which I am proud of. The decisions I have made and their outcomes, I feel are justified and correct, no matter how others may feel about them.
More importantly, my friends, family, and I all grew together throughout the year. We saw our flaws, realized our mistakes, and have since corrected them or have come to peace with them. While most may believe that there is no such thing as perfect, my interpretation of perfect are those who realize their strengths and weaknesses, only to work towards becoming better versions of themselves. I am so blessed and grateful to have all of you in my life as you have all in some way or form, enriched and contributed to my life in a positive manner. Without any of you, I would not be where I am today.
Despite the egalitarian review of 2014, I feel as if there are many unanswered questions, more so about life in itself. As always, I encourage both my friends and family to keep an open mind, to reach out, take your chances, and become vulnerable. Make the mistakes – they help you become a better you. Make well-informed decisions when it matters most, but live life in the present – embrace it head on. Don’t be afraid to ask the questions. We all have something we both want and have to offer. All you need to do is be prepared to give and take.
To my anonymous readers – Thank you kindly for continuing to read my blog. I hope that a slice of my personal life has influenced you in some way or form. I believe that knowledge, experience, and advice should be shared. We are sometimes lost in our own way, and sometimes, finding and sharing the answer is part of the journey towards to end result.
Rest assured, my 2015 year will be full of interesting journeys of my own and I will most certainly be sharing them with you. I am looking forward to new experiences in the new year and hope to achieve some major goals along the way. I wish you all the best and a happy new year and hope you’re ready for the ride.
*Strange how a few months back in 2013, I joked about my cousin Alice’s 1-year old to buy me a 996. Who’d knew I would end up buying one myself. Life is funny like that sometimes.