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Published: Saturday December 28, 2013 MYT 8:57:00 AM
Updated: Saturday December 28, 2013 MYT 8:59:01 AM

Surviving the amazing race that was 2013

It has been a year of discoveries, personal growth and blessings in disguise

SO Christmas is just over. We are halfway through the last week of 2013, anticipating 2014 with a whole new set of hopes, plans and resolutions spiked with a bit of everything from excitement to conviction and even worry.

That’s pretty much how I felt a year ago during the last days of 2012. Having just moved to another continent, leaving behind everything I had known for a fresh start was a bit of everything for me indeed.

But 2013 turned out to be a year full of discoveries, personal growth, deep thoughts, soul-searching and blessings, albeit mostly in disguise.

With its balance of ups and downs, I can say 2013 has been an amazing race for me, much like the reality television show. Amazing Race.

This year has been good on many levels.

Some highlights of my race include discovering my new surroundings and culture (even learning a new language), making some awesome friends, overcoming my fear of some extreme activities (such as skydiving and the fastest roller coaster in the world), and of course, seriously reviewing and changing my take on life, way of life and eating habits.

A special moment also involved a renewal of friendship with an old friend who had taken a backseat for a long time in my life.

I didn’t foresee this emotional reunion but it did happen with many hugs and tears, and for that pleasant surprise, I am forever grateful.

Perhaps, the hardest part of 2013 was having to live away from my family and source of familiar comfort for long periods.

Some days I missed them a lot more than others, and there were days when I even felt helpless but hey, I survived.

Keeping myself occupied by taking things one step at a time led to accidental discoveries and helped me pay more attention to people who really matter.

While moving on to a new year gives you reasons to thrive with pleasant surprises, new plans, goals and expectations, it always comes with a fair number of mysteries, challenges and unexpected road- blocks.

While enjoying my dad’s homemade curry mee at the dawn of 2013, I never imagined that my husband and I would be nursing chicken pox and shingles, respectively, two weeks later.

There was nothing pleasant about it but we got through it. Hand in hand, we came out of it to face the next leg of our race with renewed enthusiasm and spirit.

More emotional challenges came through the unexpected loss of friends and I know dealing with this sort of loss would only get harder each year.

Quite a number of lives were lost this year, near and far, for all of us.

Death is inevitable but it’s always hard to fathom, especially those involving close family and friends.

For those who have left us, being out of the race doesn’t mean that they’re out of our hearts and memories where they will abide and live on. Our race continues with them in our hearts.

I don’t know what 2014 has in store for me. I do have plans and expectations, but one can never tell with the unexpected roadblocks and mysteries.

Whatever may come my way, I hope to take the bull by its horns, wrestle my way through it and hope to reach the pitstop for the year, wiser and stronger.

Here’s to another year full of hopes, promises, mysteries, memories, lessons, ordeals and triumphs.

Have an amazing race in 2014!

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