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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

2012 : Life's Unpredictability and Impermanence


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Pai, January 2012 / Bagan, Dec 2012

*Written while waiting for my flight back home. Realizations here are sometimes simple and apparent. But as with anything, writing it down reminds us of the simple things we once thought to be complex. 

I started and will end this year travelling. It’s interesting and overwhelming sometimes how this year has been so unpredictable. I fell in love, I changed my plans for someone, I started a new job, I got my own place, I got hurt, nothing made sense, I quit my job again, I felt hopeless, I travelled, I met amazing people, I saw beautiful landscapes, I witnessed beautiful sunsets, I got intrigued and captivated by a new country, and then I am happy again. 

Sunset, U Bein Bridge, Amarapura, Mandalay, Burma

A Day's End, U-Bein Bridge

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Beautiful :)

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Sunset in Bagan

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Just one of the many wonderful kids during the trek

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Beautiful Landscape : Kalaw - Inle Lake Trek

Kalaw to Inle Lake Trek, Burma
Kalaw - Inle Lake Trek : A woman drying out her chili peppers

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Bagan Sunset

I learned that nothing is permanent, both the good and the bad. And the best thing, really, to do is to move on from both the big and small things. No matter how hard it might seem. To be open to changes and chance encounters. To make new memories. 

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Met a great group of people. Shaman's Lucky Seven

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Making new memories :)

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New friends and chance encounters :)

Tonight I return back home, I have no idea how it’s going to feel like to be back. No idea how next year is going to be, where I will be, what I’ll be doing, who I’m going to meet. 

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wearing the traditional longyi

But I am thankful for the year that has been, the people I’ve met, the places I’ve been to, the experiences and adventures I had. And for this sense of hope that I’m feeling right now. For what else matters? Only what’s here and now. And that I have no regrets for all the brave and stupid things I’ve done, for opening up myself and my life to changes that I know I would not have done if I didn’t quit my job in 2011. 

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ending the year 2012 happy and with no regrets

Here’s to all the memories gained and lessons learned in 2012. And to 2013, whatever it may bring. :)