Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A Quick Note about the Year that Was and to Hopeful Endings

To be honest, 2013 was just an okay year for me. Then again, I really should give the past year more credit. I did fulfill one of my absolute dreams last year and that is to have my travel stories and photos regularly published in various publications and websites: Travel Leisure and Adventure, Wild Junket Magazine, Melted Stories, etc.

It was a great year, sure, but if we are being honest and candid here, I did struggle. Being a freelancer and having the lifestyle that comes with it, you get your ups and downs a lot. This last year was filled with more downs than ups, unfortunately. It was my fault for not doing enough, for not pushing myself more. I was distant and closed-off, too, because often I was unsatisfied about the present and uncertain about the future. At the end of the day, I often asked myself at which point do I get my happy ending. (Get your mind out of the gutter. Not that "happy ending.")

But you know what I realized? I always had hope that it could be good again. Even at my lowest, there was still some hope there, a promise to do better, to make myself better. I guess I just defined my tasks for 2014, huh?

So no, I don't want a happy ending. Happy endings are overrated and boring. A hopeful ending. Maybe that is what I should strive for this year.

Huangshan, Anhui, China
Spent the final days of 2013 (my birthday included) traveling through the absolutely magical Huangshan mountains and one of my favorite cities in Asia, Shanghai. Stories and photos soon!

What are your personal tasks for 2013?

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