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A brighter 2022 – Pam goes travelling %

In a blink of an eye fixed, we’re within the fourth month of 2022. Wow, Q1 flew by identical 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 virtually 2 months late this time. 

Let’s rewind slightly to the final little bit of 2021. Usually, by the top of the yr, I’d have a good suggestion of what I wish to work in the 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 shifting 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 once I misplaced the Chinese language New 12 months festive spirit, this yr, I’m glad that the celebratory temper is again! I obtained to spend a while with my prolonged household and buddies. 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 approach that I’m uninspired, going via the movement of dwelling. I used to be contented with staying put in, exploring pockets of neighbourhoods final yr. Nevertheless, I can’t and don’t wish to dwell 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 way in which that I want dying upon individuals however extra like, much less empathetic and extra irritable. For instance, suppose somebody unintentionally 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 was 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 slightly cray-cray. Nonetheless, I’m very grateful for each alternative that has come my approach to date! 

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

Now, shifting 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 mistaken, I’m going forward with the plan. I’ve kickstarted the analysis on the particular route I intend to stroll. I’m feeling a mixture 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 manner pre-trip nevertheless, I want to arrange myself properly and expertise it, consider within the good in individuals, myself and miracles that every thing will work itself out.

My flat shall be prepared between 2024 to 2025, so it means I’ve 2 years to save lots of up for the renovation. The renovation shall be one other headache by itself that I don’t even wish to take into consideration in the mean time. So, I simply want to verify I’ve obtained sufficient cash by then as a result of I actually don’t wish to take up a renovation mortgage. 


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 ability of journey as a result of a buddy as soon as mentioned we’re one of the best model of ourselves after we journey, and I can’t agree extra. 

Up to now, most nations are on observe to opening up their borders. Please don’t let the virus mutate right into a critical and lethal one. We’ve come thus far, two years, two years of youth which were misplaced. Additionally, for the love of humankind, cease the struggle in Ukraine so we will 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 wish 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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