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First thoughts for 2019

I know, it’s been a while since I wrote something. Back in November last year, to be exact, when I was playing around with comics. Not that much has really happened since then, which is why I haven’t written anything, but I’ve also been thinking about why I I haven’t written anything despite that. I used to write a lot in the past when nothing was going on, so why have I stopped now?

What I’ve come up with after months of thinking about it is this…

For over 30 years now I’ve been writing about my life, online on this blog for over 20 of those years. It was my way of exploring my feelings and my beliefs and discovering my place in this world. It was helping me grow. I had a lot of challenges in my life and in my thinking that I needed to work through in order to overcome them. I didn’t really realise this at the time, but looking back, it’s clear to me that it was all about growing.

I’m 52 years old now. I started this journey of exploration in my 20’s. I’ve gone through a lot of soul searching and emotional and psychological growth over the years, and it was aided by my writing. But right now, I don’t feel the need to do all the soul searching.

I’m in a pretty good place at the moment. I’m mostly content. My biggest challenge the past few months is trying to think how I can transition my career into something better than what I have. I’ve been a Business Analyst for 11 years now. I’ve reached that ‘decade of doing something – time to do something different’ stage of my life again. I guess I’m doing some soul searching about what to do next, but that’s been it.

The biggest quest throughout my life was to find someone to love and be loved by, who would be with me for the rest of my life. The contentment I feel today is because I’ve been with that person for 8 years now. Eight years. Pretty amazing. And what’s fantastic is that how we feel about each other and being with each other has only gotten better and stronger over those years. It’s really incredible, and that’s where a big part of my contentment comes from.

The Greek Holiday 2018

Last year I sort of left you in the lurch. I didn’t provide any further updates about the trip to Greece. That’s because Athens was a shithole, and after we came back from Santorini for another 3 nights in Athens, there was nothing that happened that I really cared to talk about. We should have just done the first 4 nights in Athens, then 4 nights in Santorini, then come back home. Athens wasn’t worth two periods in the same holiday.

But overall, the holiday was pretty awesome. Abu Dhabi was wonderful, and the history of Athens/Greece (which we saw in the first 4 days in Athens) was amazing, and Santorini was beautiful and relaxing. We want to do Abu Dhabi and Santorini again, but Athens can kiss my ass.

It’s a tired city, people are mostly unfriendly and selfish, everywhere is dirty and run down, and people – especially taxi drivers – just want to rip you off for as much money as they can, while giving you as little as possible in return. Thankfully we missed the pickpockets and the muggings. But we don’t care to go back and stay there, that’s for sure.

Holidays for 2019

At the end of this month Fanfan is going to Malaysia to spend almost a week there with her parents. Then they’re going to Singapore, and I’ll be making my way there to join them. Her parents are staying there for a couple nights to catch up with me, then they’re going back to China. Fanfan and I will spend another couple nights in Singapore together before coming back home.

In November we’re planning on going to Japan for a couple weeks. If that plan solidifies, I’ll talk more about that later.

Other plans for 2019

I’ll be moving forward with buying a family home after we come back from Singapore. A 3 or 4 bedroom house that’ll be our home instead of this 2 bedroom apartment we’ve been in since 2015.

And then after the house, I’ll finally get that 4WD I’ve been talking about this past couple years. I’ve settled on a Toyota Landcruiser Prado Kakadu with all the luxury fittings and best off-road capability, and then add a few modifications to improve it to the standards I want. Then maybe next year we’ll use it to go exploring central Australia and the Simpson Desert.

This photo is of the Prado and similar to what I’ll probably be doing to it too.

That’ll do for today. My first blog post for 2019. I wonder when the next one will be….

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