As 2013 slowly creeps into 2014, I think it's quite strange we put all our hopes into a new year. I for one have completely embraced my experiences from this past year and the years previous. Be good or be bad, as long as we are learning and striving to be the best human animal we can be, then I think we are doing alright.
I spent this year on a lot of airplanes, crossing into 8 countries that span across Southeast Asia. In that time of being, I rode trains in foreign lands, boats across the bali sea, climbed volcanoes in the early dawn, played in rice fields, rode moto bikes with the locals and strangers alike, slide down waterfalls, snorkeled with fish, kept an open heart and curious eyes, and within that I experienced endless adventures and breathtaking sites that you can not find here in the states.
Though the moments fade, and we hope to keep the memories dear to us for the eternity of our lives, as we live, we trek forward or we stay stagnant. I believe in the movement of the body to help keep one's soul alive. As time goes on, one thing we can hold onto is the love we have shared, the love and trust I have shared with total strangers that will forever be as close to me from their embracements as are the friends and family I hold to dear to my heart.
What I have mostly learned this past year and the previous years is that it makes the most sense for you to do and be who you want in this life. As you've only got one life to live. So whatever you want out of this existence, you better get up off your ass and go out and do it before it's all over baby blue.
As for this next year, I am making efforts to advance in my career as a photographer, and have plans to travel to Peru, Croatia, possibly Madagascar if I can swing it and back to Hawaii for a little reunion with friends. But who knows where i'll go, as long as I am going somewhere, that's alright with me.