This year, 2016, started out with mixed feelings.
First, I decided to start it more quietly than usual away from the noise and chatter and the mad rush of Manila life to give myself enough time to think about what I really want in life, what I don't want, what I am willing to work very hard for, and what I will not put up with anymore.
This came about because of several things that happened, a couple of essays I had read and conversations I had over the holidays that made me really want to get in touch with myself. To some and varying degrees, we all present a certain image of ourselves to the outside world as reality dictates that we should, but what I most want in 2016 is to make sure that I am always true to myself.
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WHAT I WANT FOR 2016:
This is what I want for myself in 2016:
1) Simplicity in life.
Less of everything material, but all of the kind that will last forever and not be subject to fads and fashion. This is something I have been working on for some time now -- throwing away unneeded things and decluttering my homes -- but it takes time to achieve this.
2) Less contacts and fair-weather friends so that I will have more time for real friends and for people who might become so. Not everyone can like you -- and vice versa -- but everyone has enough people in their lives who will be happy to be with them and to experience life with them.
Life is too short to spend with people who aren't genuinely interested in being real friends and I would like to focus my time on those who are. It's also way too short to spend it at cocktail parties or big dinners where you are just another warm body discussing generic topics like the weather.
What I would like to is make real friends, not contacts. I don't need to collect more people for Viber or for my iPhone address book, but I would like to have more people in my life who I can have meaningful conversations and experiences with.
3) Cutting negative people and judgmental people out of my life. Self-explanatory, isn't it? Life is so much nicer spent in the company of those who always see the bright side of life and the good in people.
Your quality of life really matters depending on who you keep constant company with: whether you're with people grateful about most things in life or with people constantly complaining about these same things.
4) More travel experiences and wonderful memories. Everyone has their priorities, and I must admit that I like fancy things, luxury hotels and world-class restaurants way more than most.
But I would like to spend less of my time and resources acquiring stuff and more of it living a #Travelife: discovering more of this truly wonderful world we live in and creating lasting memories of these discoveries, with people who matter to me. And doing this the Travelife way, of course.
So far, so good, actually. But I'm glad I was able to align my mind with my heart on my priorities. Part 2 of this to come, sometime soon, in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.