2016 has been a great year. Even though the world at large seems to have taken a beating with the passing of heroes and legends and what with the impending doom on the global political stage. Personally, this past season has been one of the best. And I am thankful for an amazing year.
Better than I could have ever imagined.
These last 12 months have been a year of simply living and letting go. I got into a relationship, settled down, moved to a new country (twice), made new friends, picked up new skills in the kitchen, entering my forties fitter than when I was a teenager, travelled to cities I've never dreamed of going and experienced 5 different time zones at that. What is there not to love about the year?
I am grateful that when I chose to let go, I inadvertently dodged bullets and what would have been. Then again I'd never know but you what, I have no regrets. I do not miss a time that was before. Nothing I would go back and change. I do not miss wanting something that seems to connect to my sense of significance that I thought might have could have would have.
But as the year comes to an end, I am taking stock of friends who made those memories with me, with us. I miss being able to just plan a weekend of carving pumpkins and random cookouts. I miss the people who made our lives so rich. And people who make us thankful that we made the decision to go to places unfamiliar. But these are memories that help me keep looking up because I know I am loved and watched over. That even the sparrow is not out of sight of the one who created all these. That no matter where I go, I'm never too far to be lost.
2016 has been an incredible year. Of good things that I didn't think I deserve. Yet here they are. Here I am. And there you are.
There are things we cannot control. Events we cannot plan. People whom we cannot hold on and stories we don't know the endings to. But we can move forward, always, because every new day is a new adventure waiting to unfold. And we get to be part of that tomorrow.
Thank you 2016. You have been kind to me. May 2017 be exceptional.
Asian Australian food adventures in and out of the kitchen. Around the world. Like an oyster searching for it's pearl.