Archive | August, 2013

What Packing Does to You

25 Aug

Packing is like opening a box. A box full of emotions tied to memories that are triggered by seemingly useless pieces of paper or items.

Take for example a binder full of SOCI 100 notes.

Or the stubs from train rides and (truly useless) documents written completely in German where the only words I understand are ‘Frau Joy Tan’.

The magazine covers that I saved from every place I visited in Europe for keepsake.

How about that crisp piece of paper that says ‘Yes, you’ve been accepted!’

A visa for Japan that I never got to use.

And x-ray of my lungs that I got to keep and a huge stack of papers filled with scientific words of medicines and pills and tests and who-knows-what.

The list could go on. I can’t tell if I’m annoyed or enjoying the reminiscing that is taking place. But one thing that I do know is that I’m grateful.

Grateful for the friends I made in that SOCI 100 class where I met the Guildies, who will and always be in my heart known as ‘The Guildies’.

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Grateful for the opportunity to roam the streets of Germany as an employee for adidas. Where I survived purely on smiles and nods (since the language escapes me)

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Grateful for the 3 girls who became my travel buddies and friends.

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Grateful for the day I accepted my admission into UBC and for the past 3 years in Vancouver.

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Grateful for the experience of excitement that I felt when I found out I was accepted for an exchange to Tokyo University. Though this one kinda makes me sad because I never got to go… However, the excitement will continue to grow till that fateful day when I will finally be able to visit/work/stay in Japan 🙂

Grateful for my health. For love. For family and friends who supported me during that scary and confusing time.

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Over the pulpit, a couple of weeks ago, we were encouraged to not build our lives around just one experience.

In the same way, though I’ve had many significant turning points in my life, I feel like I’m at a place where I want to keep looking ahead; keeping my eyes peeled for the next chapter of my life. I know that I went through a very trying time last year and I will never forget the grace and love that I felt and learnt about. But I do not want to build my life on just that one experience.

I guess, this is just a reminder to me that there’s still more to come 🙂 And yes, I still have lots of packing to do.

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