"Whenever a person makes a decision, he is actually plunging into a powerful river which will carry him to a place he never even dreamed of when he made that decision." -The Alchemist
But sometimes, the universe has a funny way of teaching you things.
Because there also comes a point when you've finally gotten all that you thought you wanted but suddenly realize it's not all it's cut out to be. And then your journey leads you to a fork in the road. The one on the right will lead you exactly to where you envisioned yourself to be years ago. The one on the left, on the other hand, is an uncharted road giving you no assurance where you'll end up.
This year, I took the road on the left.
As a result, it has been a year full of blind corners and unknown turns. It made me scared, sad, and frustrated even.
And then there are the little victories. They come in the form of unexpected messages of gratitude shared among the little groups I have had the pleasure of interacting with, making me realize that leaving a footprint, even if only a small one, in the life of another person is much more satisfying than that grand recognition we so blindly covet for sometimes. And when you finally decide to rethink the direction you want to go, these are the victories that matter. Because they affirm the person you have grown into while on that journey.
So before 2014 closes, I want to thank the Big Boss Up There for this humbling experience and for my family, friends, and that special man who has been making me feel that these little victories are a step towards that something great that is waiting for me at the end of this uncharted road :)
Here's to more new and exciting turns in 2015!
|A new day, a new year, countless new opportunities. (Taken during our trip to Myanmar last November.)|