I remember once in an interview, I was asked what animal would I want to be; I said a bird. Later on I was questioned by a friend for that answer: but wouldn't that make you very lonely, even though you get to travel to wherever you want?
Well yes, now that I've been spending more than 9 hours at airports and on air, I'm feeling quite lonely haha (hence that super sad status, but great thanks to all those that talked to me!! you guys da bomb). But, no, I don't think it's a lonely life being a bird, or a traveler for that matter. To set the record straight, I don't see myself as a great backpacker/traveler as I wish I could be. I'm not at that level yet; maybe one day I will be, like SOMEONE PLEASE take me on a road trip with you to wherever (Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, North America, North Pole, etc.). Anyway, this year, however, I've started to travel a lot more, the kind of super budget/broke college student trips that I had never thought I would be doing one day. I saw more, and, I kid you not, I was kind of dazzled by everything I saw/ate/touched/smelled, sort of enlightened, very much amazed by everything.
But back to realities, this year has brought me so many surprises of how drastically one's life could change if one dares to do something different, or abnormal/weird, depending on how you take it. I do think everything is a result of our life choices, good or bad. I mean, I myself have made preeeeetty bad life choices (oops), but (most) things turned out to be ok regardless. It does matter how we decide to go from the current point of our life, how we would like the next point to be. Obviously we cannot control what's going to happen, but that doesn't mean we can just sit there and wait for something to happen. It's nice being lazy I know, but being lazy doesn't exactly give you the most exciting life.
All that being said, I'm so thankful for this year. I know there's that Year In Review on Facebook thing.. but I didn't feel like that would be enough to describe how meaningful this year has been to me. I've learned so much not just about other cultures and countries (and perhaps another language, ha ha ha...), but also about myself. I still don't know what the hell I am going to do after I graduate (someone, give me a job? or marry me? no? okay.), still as lost as every, but it's a nice kind of feeling lost. Sureeeee I don't have my future figured out, but it's the thrill and excitement that make me keep going on. I'll end up somewhere I'm meant to be, just like how I ended up at the #hottestCollegeinAmerica, in architecture, in Cincinnati, then Hawaii, Chicago, Boston, Paris, many other chances to travel to different places around the world, meeting some of the best people in the entire world that forever will leave such positive impacts on me. As I'm typing this, I just want to say I am truly thankful for those who have been supporting me. No matter how you see it, I'm still just a not-so-mature Vietnamese girl trying to do big things in this world, being lost most of the times, and so to each and everyone of you who have been giving me guidance in every possible way, I owe you big time.
Thank you all for still being with me in this 22-year-long journey.
Leaving Europe for now as I will be boarding my flight home to Nam in about an hour. To Europe and people there, it's just a temporary goodbye for now. Anh will come back to find you again ;).
Life's short. Smile when you still have teeth. Have fun when you still have time. Fall in love, fall out of love, explore, be great, be brave, be extraordinary.
2014, you've been good.
Til' next time, loves.