Cotter Dam, Canberra, Australia
The start of 2019 has been a peculiar one. Traditionally, I would spend a bit of time at the end of 2018 working on my plans for the new year. However, the last two months of 2018 and January 2019 had been filled with unimaginable madness that led to epic sickness that lasted for a month and a half. It was something that I have never felt before.
In hindsight, it is a wake-up call for me in every sense. Adulthood is a painful business. The state of my mind was severely affected by the ebb and flow of my unstable emotions, which in turn affected my health. Three months have been lost to being a defeatist and I am just about feel okay for now.
Yesterday when I was out with a friend, I shared how I wish I could retreat into a corner and do nothing but read.
For the remainder of 2019, I have decided that I am going to slow down, nurse my body back to health and contemplate a little bit more about life. I want to get back into creative writing (and blogging). I also like to spend more time reading books instead of scrolling mindlessly through social media. I want to do something with the tons of fabrics sitting in a box since moving to Singapore in 2014.
One of the biggest joys and accomplishments in 2018 that continues into 2019 is my plants. Last year when I moved into a small but gorgeous sea-facing apartment, it took me six months before introducing the first plant to the space. It has since grown into a collection of 12 plants. There is so much to learn and I do plan to spend 2019 growing and nurturing more plants.
Also, I want to be happier and content.
We only have one, short life. It would be a terrible waste of a life not to spend some time to nourish our soul, mind and life with the things that interest us or matters to us, and instead obsessed with things that provide no development or growth to our well being. Essentially, I want a better 2019. I wish the same for you too.