Year 2012 is a year that most of us will never forget. Much as it brought good things and reasons to be thankful about but it also brought devastation, loss, pain and sadness. It is a year of change, moving on and starting all over again. It is a year of celebration as well as forgetting the things that broke our hearts. It is a year where nations joined hands to reach out to those in need. It is a year where faith, family and friendship gave courage and strength for so many who needed much comfort.
All of us have our trials and hardships to bear. Most people I know thinks my life comes easy and laden with everything sweet. Perhaps I’m just good in hiding the hardships that I go through. I laugh easily. Humor and optimism comes naturally despite of heartaches and broken dreams.
2012 was a life changing year for me and my family. We finally said goodbye to a house that was our home for 6 years. So much memories of both the good and the bad. It was where my son first learned how to walk. It was a place where we shared our first adventures. So much laughter as well as tears. It was not an easy goodbye but we needed to start fresh and gain back our life. Somehow the dreams we hoped then were no longer the dreams we want in the present. It was time to move on and just gain back the life we always dreamt us a family. No turning back, just looking forward with hope and faith.
New Year, New Hope, New Beginnings
Today, I share a smaller house with my son and wife but it is a home. A home with new dreams and new beginnings. A home where I can start with a clean slate and be happy once again. We celebrated our first Christmas in it and it was beautiful.
In less than 24 hours, we will greet the new year with renewed heart and spirit. With that in mind, I share with you my wish list for 2013. A wish list I also dream for everyone especially for those who needed them the most.
My Wish List For 2013
1. I wish for happiness that comes from the innermost part of one’s heart. Happiness that brings a smile no matter how the day turned out to be. Happiness from having less and living more.
March of this year, I stand along with hundreds of people from different countries, making a final step in becoming an American. We have different cultures, languages, life’s experiences but that day, we shared something in common. We were all pursuing a dream. A dream that can easily be forgotten by the wrong, lavish securities in life. That day, I was reminded of why I left everything I knew and ventured into a foreign land. I was reminded that my dream is to pursue life, liberty and happiness. Dreams that sounded easy but hard to reach in this complicated, materially driven, “instant gratification” world. Sometimes it’s easier to run away from the truth and reality but one day we need to face them. I faced mine. It wasn’t fun but I’m glad I took the first step.
Everyday, I strive to work harder to gain back my life. Everyday, I try to break every chain that took my inner freedom and peace. Everyday, I continue to find bits of happiness that one day I hope to glue together as one piece of a most treasured puzzle.
2. I wish for love, peace, unity, forgiveness and healing from all sorts of chaos, anger, war, bitterness, sickness, misery, grief and loss.
We saw the worst Christmas tragedy and horror in many parts of the world. Tragedies whose effects continues to haunt those who survived and the families of those who didn’t make it. I wish and pray that 2013 will be a year of healing. A year of starting fresh and making bright beginnings. A year that brings more joy and less of sadness.
3. I wish for a world where children are free to believe, to play and laugh generously. A world where they feel safe. A world that treats them with love and respect. A world that embrace what is good and true. A world that will give them a chance to enjoy their childhood and guide them to reach for their dreams.
4. I wish to create more amazing memories and adventures with my family. To enjoy life’s surprises with them in the most meaningful way.
5. I wish to find my way back to my faith. To grow spiritually. To embrace what is good. I made so many detours and lost my way so many times. But this year, events in my life and the world around me opened my eyes and heart to what is important in this lifetime.
6. I wish to travel more to the places where I had the happiest childhood and to share them with my son who know begins to appreciate the gift of having a big family. To spend as much time with my parents, my siblings and their growing families in person. To just stop, reflect, renew and remember my reasons of joy. Of what calms and soothes my soul at the end of the day.
7. I wish to continue to share my world with my blogger friends. To build a community that supports and inspires each other. A community that reaches out to the four corners of the globe. We can make this world smaller and reachable if we try.
Two years ago, I had no idea what blogging is. All I know is that I want to give something back. Something within me wants to express and create in words and images a version of a better world. A world where you don’t have to feel alone anymore. A world where everyone understands and accepts your struggles without judgement. A world where you can share your innermost pain without fear. A world where you can have a friend who accepts you without conditions. Going through the comments of my blogger friends, I see that world slowly forming, building and making a difference for others. Knowing that gives me a reason to smile and be inspired in my blogging journey.
Thank you to all who shared their world with me. I appreciate and treasure your generous, encouraging and kind comments. Thank you for the constant support and the many smiles you all brought to my day. Thank you for giving me those awards that keeps me motivated.
Sorry if this post is not all about fun and joy but life in reality is like that. Somedays we’re happy and smiling. Other times, sad and in tears.The rest a bit of a blur in between. In the end, what matters is how much we truly lived most of it.
I wish you all an amazing New Year full of blessings. Blessings of happiness, good health, hope, peace, of total freedom and realization of your most cherished dreams.
Let’s raise our glass, welcome and celebrate 2013.
Happy New Year to everyone!
This week’s Image of Life is titled “Wish List For 2013.”
What’s your wish list for 2013? What is your blogging goal for the New Year? Whatever they are, I hope they bring you happiness and bring you one step closer to your dreams.
Discover the world of these blogger friends.
For those who wish to join in this week’s challenge, here’s a link and the widget. Have a great time making wonderful memories.
My friends, let us find time to discover and capture the images around us. Take a moment, breath and just enjoy what the season has to offer. You’ll be surprised of the many things we missed in this lifetime. Happy or sad, they are a part of the unforgettable journey called “life.”
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