“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
― T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding
I can’t say I’m sad to see 2014 go. I can’t say I’m happy about it either.
2014 started out with me on a boat from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, where I almost immediately met up with a long-time social media connection. I experienced the beauty of adventure in places I hadn’t been–Cambodia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Korea, and Italy. But the end of the year turn to struggle and I’ve been on the job hunt for too long.
As I’ve searched for new work, I’ve found some interesting freelance opportunities–I’ve learned new teaching methods at a small school in Taipei and I’ve been getting paid to write (I’m also writing more for myself). I’ve also found potential in a startup that I can do on my own (though I’d prefer to find others to help out, if I follow through).
There’s potential for settling down (sort of) in 2015. There’s also potential for more wandering, though less frequent. More importantly, there are the new friends I’ve made who support me in my endeavors to come.
Last night I rang in the new year with friends as we drank in Songshan Creative Park to watch the Taipei 101 fireworks at midnight. It was beautiful…for five minutes.
Happy New Year to everyone I know and those I haven’t yet met! Hope you have grand plans this year too.