It’s been forever since I posted here. Ages in fact. As mentioned in my last post, I figured, after a certain age, you stop analyzing and overprocessing things in your head and just do things. After 40, I guess, that’s how it goes. It gets old (literally!) just making lists and plans. You just have to act. Execute. Shut up, stop talking about plans. Go and do it.
Certainly, since my last post, that has been the theme in my life. You only get better at life really when you live it. That’s one thing I have learned in life that I have embraced. And that’s mostly what I’ve strived and tried to do.
But lately I’ve been in a more contemplative mode and wanted to record the many cool things happening in my life. I find it helps me see how far I’ve come when I look back at the old me and see how much I’ve grown as a person. Also, it helps me remember important memories or realizations I may otherwise have forgotten.
And surprisingly, this “doing” more than thinking thing I think has helped me in some way in life. It has helped me learn tremendous amount of things in short bursts of time. But only because I am in a space where I am truly interested in so many things and am in a mindset to absorb them quickly.
You know how you feel you’re forever stuck in a rut and don’t think anything new will happen to your life? I ignored that voice because from experience, listening to it doesn’t help you. So I just kept working hard, learning and improving myself, focusing on doing things well one at a time. I also tried to silence that voice in my head that keeps telling me to do more, more, more and to focus in the moment, to relish the experience, to be in the present. In the process, I felt just grateful everyday thay I was doing what I loved and had this amazing opportunity to be alive and be learning. How amazing is that?.
And yes. Let’s talk about Singapore.
It is the LAST country I would have wished to be assigned to or live in. I would have preferred bustling and creative Hong Kong, or energetic New York but Singapore? Let’s just say I was reluctant to go if not for the challenge of trying something new.
But things have a way of changing your perception of things.
And so here I am, over two years past and I’ve learned to love and appreciate life here in this beautiful tiny garden city state. What they say about this country is true. It’s super efficient, clean, safe and just plain easy. It’s easy to move around and everything seems to get done in less than 20 minutes. The food is amazing in its variety and it’s no surprise that Anthony Bourdain loves going back here for the food. I have learned to love Singapore. It has been very kind and giving to me.
Also, as an aside, there is a reason why Singaporeans are called the Germans of Asia. They make things happen! They truly are doers. Like majorly. So efficient. So no-nonsense. Tolerant of diversity. So open to different cultures. It is hot though but transportation is so Singapore easy. If you can make Singapore an adjective, it would be “efficient”.
Since arriving here, I have moved to another apartment which I love and also moved jobs. I’ve made a ton of new friends, old and new, and learned to cook many new dishes. I’ve essentially become more of an adult, albeit still surrounded by people younger than I am. I think I’ve learned to live later in life, the stereotypical late bloomer, thatln most people my age mostly because I was a bit sheltered while growing up.
But now this is me and I have lived life in my own terms, following my own path, choosing my own life landmarks and ignoring the ones “imposed” on me if I were otherwise living back home. I love who I have become. I truly am. I love life. The good. The not so good. The bad. I have become those irritatingly positive, happy people I used to be irritated by. 🙂
I’ve started to learn Mandarin and have embraced the culture, the food and the hot, humid weather.
I will enroll in intermediate Mandarin soon, though I know I still need to brush up on my kindergarten level Mandarin.
They say it’s good to learn a new language because it stimulates different parts of your brain so I am doing this every year: learning a new language. I’ve started already and my next goal is to get more fluent.
I love that Singapore is so central to everywhere else, it’s so easy to travel everywhere in Southeast Asia. And also so easy to order things overseas!
I have traveled a lot and enjoyed my time alone. I have truly and genuinely reached a stage where I am so happy with who I am and enjoy doing things on my own. It will be truly hard for me to live with other people I think (except of course my cool flatmate). I can’t imagine living back home again or living with someone new. It’s not something I welcome. But who knows. Change is the only constant as they say.
I am deeply, truly, really happy right now. I read somewhere about people who are survivors or who succeed in life. Many things have happened in my life. I have done many great things. Stupid things. Silly things. Bad things. I have endured many things most people would have not survived without experiencing a nervous breakdown. But people who have gone through a lot and survive? They have what they describe as a “locus of control.”
I am happy to say I have that. I focus on what I can control. Ignore what I can’t. So no matter what life tosses onto my plate, bad, good, horrible, I have that. It calms me. Makes me sane. I am the only one who can control my life. And finally, I can and I am doing so. It’s the most amazing realization and feeling in the world. No, am not on some feel good drug. This is all natural.