Lest I seem rude, I should start with: Happy New Year! It must be quite the challenge for everyone who went YOLO to have to wrap their heads around the fact that mankind has survived past the apocalypse that was due in 2012. I feel sorry for them. Why, if you might ask, is because to me, people who have the YOLO mentality have no plans nor any looking ahead. I, on the other hand consider myself to be very opposite.
This 2013 will be all about planning, sprawling out my entire life, and plotting them on a calculated grid with an imaginary hourglass (just to add some more pressure). And if that weren't articulate enough, I also have this published blogpost to toy with my pride. But before I embark on this year's new adventures, I've decided to dedicate an ode to the 3 major things that I am most thankful for in the last year.
Because of breakfast, I look forward to falling asleep as fast as I can at night just so I can wake up to my Greek yogurt. Because of breakfast, I walk to work in a more positive disposition because I know my stomach won't be grumbling in the midst of a client. And because of breakfast, my mornings are just heaps better because seriously, who doesn't want the amazing range of breakfast on offer in life??? I am thankful.
TWO: MY FEET
This isn't an attempt to be preachy but prior to moving to Japan, I never really appreciated my feet and legs. I always had something to complain about, nothing was ever perfect and nothing would come close. I have reconciled myself with that fact that I've got heaps of mundane woes but somewhere in all those epic monologues of complaining that I stage in my head, I realised how lucky I am to be healthy and to come intact with all appendages.
Because of my feet, I get to WALK. And occasionally run. As in, I have walked so much I have a corn in my left foot. That is a disgusting fact to divulge but I felt like I had to state a fact with hard (literally) evidence. My feet take me to not only the places where I need to be but also took me to the places I have pined for. This 2013, I will try my best to take better care of them by nightly moisturising and wearing comfortable footwear. I am thankful.
In March, I was able to fly to Singapore and eat the famed chili crab and then head home to the Philippines where I got to spend a long and slow month being idle. In April, Sydney and Melbourne happened. From June to July, I went two weeks throughout Honshu. I finally got the chance to see Hiroshima and Miyajima! In August, despite on a sad note, I flew back to the Philippines to see my Lolo one last time but still very thankful for it because I also got to reconnect with some cousins I haven't seen in a long time. In October, I got to play tour guide once again when one of my best friends flew all the way here hence a second take on Japan's hits: Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo. And finally, I didn't think it would be that soon but I got to see off 2012 in the land down under.
That's about 15 different cities, innumerable hours in transit and n GBs of disk space eating up my hard drive. I am absolutely beaming with excitement where 2013 takes me but on top of that, I am just utterly thankful.
It's impossible to confine all the good things in one list but these 3 are standouts because they're new and they've added huge perspective in my life. Yes, especially breakfast.
This word vomit is getting out of hand. To better days ahead this 2013!