Looking back to look forward.January 4, 2023
When I was younger, I used to see the time between my birthday in the early part of December until the new year, as a period of transition. It was the chance to see what this past year was and what the changing tides would bring. As I got older and busier, I often felt like I didn’t have the chance to catch my breath let alone take the time to ground myself in the flow of past, present, and future.
But with the ever-increasing stresses of adulthood, you find yourself seeking those experiences that give you energy and allow you a chance to live.
So I find myself, at this moment, making sure that I have the time to find grounding. This past year, I’ve learnt that there is more than just being skilled in a particular area. What I mean is that if what you are good at doesn’t bring you fulfillment, then keep searching and stay open to opportunities that bring you fulfillment. I’ve also learnt how to find out if something is fulfilling. To me, it is finding something that energizes me, that connects me to all that life has to offer. Perhaps being isolated during the COVID pandemic really made me realize what didn’t fulfill me, even though I may have been skilled at it.
This past year, I had the chance to experience the full spectrum and here are a few images from those experiences that filled me with life:
The experiences of this past year also helped me to realize the direction I want to take for 2023 and I look forward to welcoming in new experiences. Whatever lay ahead, I am thankful for these moments I had. I wish everyone a happy new year and may you find happiness in all of the memories you make this upcoming year.
with dignity and respect…Lee