This post is dedicated to Kim. Happy Birthday.
I have been travelling the past 2 weeks, so I’m a bit behind on updates (although, still providing you a post once a week!). 6 months have whizzed by and I am happier than ever. I am still single but am enjoying every moment of life. My dearest friends in Vancouver are engaged, married, and one of my besties has a feisty kicking baby in her belly (not just a food baby). The magnetic forces of these great milestones are telling me, “Come back, Tiff. We miss you.”
I miss you all, too.
But there is still so much to explore and realize.
I have explored different landscapes, climates, cultures, sports, foods, and people. From the familiar hiking, dragon boating, and ultimate frisbee, to the more challenging bouldering, caving, surfing, and wing chun, I realize that my fears can be overcome by knowledge. I am capable of learning new sports, capable of making new friends. If I want to get better, it takes practice.
I’m always amazed by people who pick up conversations with random strangers. I remember when Kim (my sister) was eight. She would have a conversation with an elderly man who sat beside us on our first ever plane ride to LA. What they talked about, I had no clue, but what matters is the ability to connect to others.
I used to be a slow-to-warm, shy person. I still am, but I have a new approach: Be open, be kind, be interested. And one more: be smiling. ;)
I’ve planned no structure to this post so I’ll share some photos from a hike last month, forge some thought-provoking captions, and then conclude with a goal for the future. Er, because pretty pictures make us reflect?
I asked a few locals whether I can touch the many jelly fish that beached ashore. They all said, “Yeah, they should be okay to touch… but I wouldn’t touch them!” How frustrating… I really, really wanted to touch one.
So, I did. (It felt soft and plasticky as you would imagine.)
There are 10+ levels in Wing Chun, probably about 5 years to complete. There is a passionate, family-like, competitive dragon boat team I could join, but would require 2+ practices a week if I want to commit. There are hikes and ultimate frisbee every weekend. The sun is starting to come out and I really should sign up for scuba diving, which requires a lump of money if I want to get a certificate.
Although there are a lot of things I want to do, there isn’t the time and money to do everything. For the next 6+ months, I’m going re-evaluate my values and see where I want to proceed from here.
Maybe it’s time to go easy on the “play”, and focus on the “great”.
Thanks for reading and don’t forget to comment / email me!