Hi! It's April - remember me? No? I used to write on this blog :-). Still no? :-(.
I am very sorry for the long absence. In my defense, I have been really busy and really sick. I traveled a lot during December, mostly for work. And I was so ill that I was actually in the hospital - as a patient, that is.
You know what I love most about New Year? It's the sense of new beginning. Just yesterday, N. and I were speaking of our plans and dreams for 2011. Every year on this day, we take a few extra moments in the morning, snuggle up to each other, and discuss the incoming year. We would talk about the last year as if it were long gone, while we giddily map out the future with a clean slate.
Yes, of course, it's a false sense of new beginning. Jan 1st comes with the same laundry, bills, sickness and problems of 2010. We all know that nothing had much changed between Dec 31st and the magic Jan 1st. In fact, tomorrow on Monday Jan 3rd, when we all return to work, we will be repeating even more of the same old routine.
What is not false, however, is the renewed sense of hope and determination. There is something magical about turning over a new leaf, hanging up a new calendar, and writing a new page of your life. There is something wonderful about making resolutions, even if you know you might drop half of them by the time February rolls around. And there is something comforting in the realization that despite all your troubles last year, you have arrived at a new journey - older from a few more scars, but also wiser from a few more experiences. And there is something encouraging about knowing that by the same token, you will probably arrive at the same point next year too.
For me personally, 2010 is a tough act to follow. In 2010, N. and I managed to change jobs, start new projects, and even paint our living room wall. In 2010, we got married, travelled to Europe, met up with Hien and T, and developed friendships that will last a life time. And did I mention that in 2010, we GOT MARRIED? I am not entirely sure how 2011 could possibly top that. But I sure as hell am going to give it a good honest try - no matter how false the sense of new beginning :-).
Happy New Year to you all. What promises does 2011 hold for you?