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Reflecting back, looking forward

Happy new year friends.

Nha Trang beach, where I brought in the new year

I have never been a huge fan of new year’s — seeing as it seems so artificial (why is this the new year?  being an east coaster, in the dead of winter, it is hard to feel like it is a new year) and it always carries such high expectations, which never seem to pan out exactly the way you hope.  Though, I do like the idea of making resolutions — or at least reflecting on your life in the past year and looking forward.

For me, this past year has been tremendous – from making the leap to buying my ticket, to planning this journey to setting into motion all the small things that got me here.  I am a planner – I love the work that leads up to the big event – so this year was great for me.  And then — I left and started the journey.  There were some hard moments, for sure, but thinking back on the past four months, I marvel on my growth, my perspective and how grateful I am.

reclining buddha at the pagoda in Nha Trang

I knew it would be good.  But — was it going to be one of those type 2 fun things?  You know, the things that are fun after the fact?  Or would it actually be fun in the moment.  I guess I have to say that there is both types of fun.  But – what has surprised me – is just how good it is.  Just how much I don’t want it to end.  Just how much I want to keep journeying and seeing and experiencing and meeting and …. living.

So – this past year has been about opening up – embracing the world and all of its amazingness.  And its messiness.  And its craziness.

So – this upcoming year?

Well, more of the same, right?  More living and experiencing.  More rambling and exploring, climbing and peak bagging, breathing deep and sitting quietly (thanks Ed Abbey).  But, to tell you the truth friends, i am feeling a little sad.  Because I know it will come to an end.  That this year it ends.  That my journey will end and I go back to my life before.  But, it won’t be the same, will it?  My world is so much bigger now.

boats in the harbor outside of Nha Trang

Last year, a friend suggested making some intentions for the new year around 3 different focuses (foci?) – personal, professional and health (or something like that).  Following an early morning run on the beach, I sat with coffee and thought about my intentions for this upcoming year.  I reflected on where I have traveled, and thought ahead to where I am going.  I definitely do not have it all figured out, but I also know that I have much more clarity than ever before.

Thank you friends, for being with me on this journey, for giving me courage when I was missing it, for celebrating my successes and reaching out when I was lonely.  I am so excited to share the next 4 and a half or 5 months with you (see — i am sad.  that seems so short!).  I am so grateful for you all.

How did you bring in your new year?

Buddha, overlooking the city

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Carol Kushner #

    This inspires me!

    I am now at the beach and hope to have a very mellow day. Much love to you…..

    January 1, 2012
  2. John Delia #

    Don’t be sad! It bears no fruit. Think of the wonderful years you have ahead of you and figure a way to wed your work to your love of adventure and you will have the best of both worlds. God Bless!

    January 1, 2012
  3. Kim #

    Such a beautiful post… and happy new year! It brings me a lot of comfort to know that your travels haven’t just been a type 2 joy, that is a big fear of mine as we plan to set out on our travels. I want to love it in the moment and not just after the fact. You give me faith that we will. You are an inspiration Aurora, I’m so glad Bonny introduced me to your blog.

    January 7, 2012
    • Thanks Kim! Glad you ate along for the journey too But even the type 2 fun is worth it because it is those moments that help build the epic

      January 8, 2012
  4. Reblogged this on planetaurora and commented:

    this seems to be something i should be keeping in the forefront of my brain…..

    May 20, 2012

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