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 12 months. Normally, this yearly put up would have been up by Lunar New Yr, however it’s nearly 2 months late this time. 

Let’s rewind a bit to the final little bit of 2021. Usually, by the top of the 12 months, I’d have a good suggestion of what I need to work in direction of the next 12 months; nonetheless, I used to be nonetheless clueless till the final day of the 12 months. 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 prior to now 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 12 months after I misplaced the Chinese language New Yr festive spirit, this 12 months, I’m glad that the celebratory temper is again! I received to spend a while with my prolonged household and pals. I at all times respect the CNY for it’s the finest time to take a break and meet up with each other amidst our all 12 months spherical busy schedule. 

Why frustration? The 2 years of the pandemic have left me jaded, flat in a approach that I’m uninspired, going by the movement of residing. I used to be contented with staying put in, exploring pockets of neighbourhoods final 12 months. Nonetheless, I can’t and don’t need to stay this fashion anymore; thus, I really feel this fashion. I discover myself getting more and more impatient, short-tempered and, dare I say, unkind. Unkind, not in the best way that I want demise 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 form of unkindness. I actually dislike this model of me. 

Let’s simply say I’ve become a workaholic. I’m juggling between the job that pays the payments and different gigs. Undoubtedly, the job that pays the invoice is snug; it’s unchallenging and typically 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 typically get a bit cray-cray. Nonetheless, I’m very grateful for each alternative that has come my approach to this point! 

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

Now, transferring on

What’s subsequent? 

This 12 months, I get my sight at 2 targets. 

I’ve been wanting to do that for the previous two years. If nothing goes incorrect, I’m going forward with the plan. I’ve kickstarted the analysis on the particular 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 apprehensive 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 fashion pre-trip nonetheless, I want to arrange myself properly and expertise it, imagine within the good in individuals, myself and miracles that all the things will work itself out.

My flat might be prepared between 2024 to 2025, so it means I’ve 2 years to save lots of up for the renovation. The renovation might be one other headache by itself that I don’t even need to take into consideration in the intervening time. 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. 

So….. 

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

To this point, most nations are on observe to opening up their borders. Please don’t let the virus mutate right into a critical and lethal one. Now we have come thus far, 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 right down to the second, I jet off for a REAL break as a result of I need to discover one of the best model of myself once more. So right here’s to a brighter 2022.

Out at sea, with Pulau Satumu behind

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