Sunday, 31 December 2017

Passion And Purpose

2017. I'm sure I say the same every year but honestly, what a year it's been. 

Starting with the positives, a standout highlight was my first trip to Southeast Asia to explore Vietnam and a small part of Cambodia, a trip which I enjoyed so much more than I thought possible.  I loved everything about it - the food, the people, the beautiful sights of Halong Bay, Sapa rice terraces and temples of Angkor Wat, just to name a few. At 27 I worried I'd left it too late to embark on my first backpacker trip but I was truly surprised at how easy it was to embrace the traveller lifestyle and not give age a second thought.

Letting go

Looking back, I can see that 2017 is the year where I finally relaxed about friendships, accepting that they don't all last forever and that's ok. If a friendship is meant to be, you'll make the time to keep in touch regardless of distance or time apart. I've had some great times with old and new friends - laughing more this year than I ever have before.

But with the highs there have also been lows. The hardest being the passing of family members and the complicated process of coming to terms with such losses. I won't dwell too long here as grief is a tricky thing to talk about but I take comfort knowing they are no longer suffering.

Hanging in limbo 

2017 was also a year of uprooting. The first six months were spent organising and preparing - emotionally and physically to move out of our family home - my childhood home of 27 years. The move was a massive change for my family but I realise I used it as an excuse to put off making decisions in my own little world - career, personal life, you know the drill. Of the goals and lifestyle changes I vowed to make at the start of 2017, hardly any stuck past the first few months of the year through no one's fault but my own.

Embracing change 

So now, on the last day of 2017 I write this post in a not so new place which has gradually grown to feel like home. Feeling settled again, and eager to make the most out of the new year, I am energised and motivated to take responsibility, do away with the excuses and start making things happen.

So what exactly do I want from the new year? 2018 will be the year where I pursue passion and purpose. I stumbled upon these words in an article just a few weeks ago but they have stuck in my mind ever since. No 'new year, new me'. Just refusing to fall back into a rut of limbo and indecisiveness. I will continually think about what excites and motivates me and look for ways to make changes - big or small, to push myself and do more. 


And in the spirit of the new year, I leave a few links which have fuelled my pursuit of passion and purpose:

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