Driving to work this morning, on the empty roads under the blue sky with the occasional white fluffy clouds, I thought about what a year-end this has been. It’s my fourth year-end in Australia, and my best so far.
In Dec 2011, fresh in Australia, I was starting a 12-month contract with a company on the other side of the city, driving long distances, and not really sure what the future held for me – in both work and life – here in Australia.
In Dec 2012, I was at the end of that 12-month contract, and was under high duress due to the mega project I was working on.
Dec 2013 saw me searching for a job after second 12-month contract came to a premature end due to lack of project funding.
And here I was now, end of 2014, I have a permanent job, work that I enjoy in a company close to home. I now have a little boy at home, a social life and house that has matured over the time we’ve lived here, and an exciting year to look ahead to.
I might not work out as frequently as before, but I still put in an occasional session here and there. And I cook regularly now, I’ve just made my first loaf of bread (with a breadmaker) last night, and having the permanence of a job and income just takes away a lot of insecurity and transience out of the planning for the future.
I’ve had year ends in Malaysia, Singapore, Germany and Australia. And who knows where my year ends in the future will be? If nowhere else but Australia, I would have already have lived a life well-lived. I have already experienced much – yet there is much more to look forward to. And that’s how I’d want my year to end: to look back with content but to look forward in anticipation.
2014 has been full of ups and downs – as with every year – but looking further back at the last years since we moved here to Australia, we’ve really come a long way. There’s so much to be thankful for. And so much more to be thankful for in the future.
There’s a dinner party with my family and parents and friends to bookend the year with tonight, and launch us cheering and toasting into 2015. And what a year that will be: my first full-sized mega project for this company, and my MBA class starting in just under two months’ time. It is about to get really awesome. At the end of 2015, I will have some really awesome experiences to look back on. And it all begins in just a couple of hours.
It’s a “well done” for 2014; your job’s not done yet (it should be really done), let’s get ready for a Truly Awesome 2015.
Have faith, Be Brave, and Soar Away. :)