A trip through 2013

31 Dec

It’s been a long hiatus. I can’t believe I went 5 months without writing anything and even before then, I wrote sporadically. That usually happens when there’s too much happening to me; too much to digest; too overwhelming to share. Not only have I imposed a hiatus on blogging, I also refrained from posting too much on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. It was all just too, too much.

Not in a bad way, mind you. It’s just that I found words and even pictures to be too inadequate to describe everything. But, the end of a year forces us to examine what has happened before and find the things to be thankful for. I think that’s a universal feeling.

So what has happened in this amazing year of 2013? I think it best to describe these in buckets rather than in chronological order so bear with me. And just as D. has shown me, bullet lists are just THE best:

1. Traveling. You might recall my brief stay in San Francisco/Palo Alto. Then it was back to Boston/Cambridge where I pretty much was in limbo. It turns out, that feeling was very much justified in so many ways: that was my worst module (equivalent to half a semester), productivity-wise in business school and I found myself heading to Shanghai, China a month later.

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Then traveling to Manila, Philippines a few times to see D. while he worked on a startup.

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2. Moving/Short-term living in 3 countries. No, I don’t consider Palo Alto to be a separate country though they would like to be considered a separate state. I do count the US, China and Philippines in this list.

3. Graduating. And yes, I graduated from one year of B school “with distinction” at that. Funny how I didn’t know I made the cut. I wanted to and I did work my a$$ off towards the end but I always thought my worst module (see #1 above) would bring all my grades down. It did but I managed to claw my way up. And why wasn’t I informed of this? Probably because I changed my campus to graduate at the last minute. As in, my classmates in Shanghai were already renting their graduation gowns when I emailed Boston to please include me in the graduating class. I arrived in Boston the night before graduation and when I went to the venue in the morning for a practice run, I was surprised to see my name in the top instead of in alphabetical order. But it was only when the MC was practicing calling out our names that I found out I was graduating “with distinction.” I thought that was pretty cool.

4. Expecting. Oh and did I mention that D. and I are expecting? I think this is the crux of what I find hard to explain and to share. Pregnancy is supposed to be this private and intimate thing but the physiology of it makes the experience subject to public scrutiny. I am constantly taken aback when complete strangers ask me when I’m due and whether it’s a boy or a girl. I don’t think I’m ever offended or upset, it’s just… surprising. Despite my presence in social media, I consider myself to be a relatively private person.

It wasn’t all bad because I do get priority access in lines (at least when I was really showing, otherwise D. had to shoulder his way to the front of the airline priority access and say that I have to sit down like now) and there is just a general softening of people towards me somehow. It is quite amazing. For all our cynicism, life in its infancy still astounds us.

So. Am I ready for 2014? I made a statement to a friend that I am torn between anxiety, excitement and this desire to delay the due date because seriously, how am I going to deal with these HUGE changes coming soon? Logistically, I am ready, I think. But in so many ways, I’m really not and that’s okay too. Either way, thank you to 2013 for an amazing year. It was in so many ways, quite a trip.

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2 Responses to “A trip through 2013”

  1. S. December 31, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    Beautiful, touching, memorable moments and thoughts.
    Thanks for sharing…
    S.

  2. Monica December 31, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

    I can’t wait to meet th little baby!!! Xo

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