This year, I have a simple goal for myself. Be present.
For the last few years, I have always been looking. Looking for courses, looking to graduate, looking to get a job, looking to get recognized. While I’m very thankful of where I am today and love my ambition, I think it’s time for me to stop looking and start living. I often find myself distant from what’s happening in the present because I was already thinking about the future.
Honestly, it wasn’t easy to transition to living with my family again and sometimes I wished I was somewhere else, but it hit me today that I should really be thankful to have them here. I come home to hot meal every day and I wake up to morning greetings instead of the silence lull. When I first heard Kingsley was going away in a few weeks, I shrivelled and pushed him away instead of embracing the moment we still have together.
So if I have to choose a quote to live by this year, then I know exactly the perfect one for it:
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the “present.” – Oogway, KungFu Panda
Happy new year everyone!