2018. A fresh start - yet another year to be filled with endless opportunities of exploration and personal development.
There's so much that I've been through since my last post in August almost half a year ago that I've yet to properly express in words here. In fact, it's been a long while since I've written. Let this post serve as a recap of the past year - a year where I've gone through quite a bit of mental struggle but also a year where so much has happened so quickly that I've been physically drained - most of the time in a good way.
For starters, I'm extremely thankful I've been able to see a lot of the world this year. 2017 has seen my travels to thirteen countries - that's pretty much an average of one country per month. I've been living with the motto that you only live once to see how beautiful this world is and you might as well do it while you physically and feasibly can and while the world is still there. This mass-travelling is also mostly resultant from my self-proclaimed reward from all the academic mental downfall that coincided with my graduation from three years of undergraduate studies. I'm so grateful for these opportunities to travel and all the different experiences in different places - barbecuing while it's snowing in the middle of nowhere (pretty much) at zero degrees Celsius; living in a cabin with a fireplace; ruining my childhood by discovering how Harry Potter was actually filmed; seeing the actual Hogwarts express train (and train track / viaduct); met "official" Santa; sat in a sled driven by huskies (it's a tad cruel but they seem to have fun doing it anyway - that's my excuse); sat on top of a 200m-tall hill overlooking the world; watched the most amazing sunset in a beautiful place; had so much amazing food everywhere.
I'm also grateful to ending my undergraduate journey on a good note - with the best achievement I could ever ask for and landing myself in a university that I'd never even thought I'd get in - let alone bother applying for. I've met so many amazing people this year that are thankfully genuine and caring and I'm grateful. My twenty-first birthday happened this year and I don't think I can ask for a better birthday - getting thrown a surprise celebration right after the last lecture of the day on the eve of my birthday, running around in an escape room on my birthday, having afternoon tea at one of the finest places in London and going on a boat ride on the Thames in the evening. I've also watched the most number of musicals I've ever had in my life and I've also had a ridiculous amount of hotpot dinners this year but no, I'm not sick of them and I don't think I ever will be.
Come 2018; who knows how this year will turn out? One thing's for certain though - my academic life ends this calendar year. It's these last few months to make the best out of and I hope I'll leave an everlasting impact to those who've been there for me this past year - happy memories that will forever stay. I hope I'd get to travel more. North America is definitely next on my bucket list. May this year be filled with more happy experiences before I turn 22 and before all the work life drown out every ounce of youth in me.