This time last year we would have been trying to enjoy our last few days of the holidays before having to go back to work. Reflecting on that now makes me feel so incredibly lucky to have the next year ahead of me to do exactly what I want to do, when I want to do it. I’m giddy with anticipation about all the new things we are going to see and experience and I wonder what it will be like sat writing about it this time next year. Will it change me at all? I kind of feel like it must do, right? I mean I’m stepping out from my sometimes mundane, but very safe and familiar bubble, into the unknown.
Between now and April we will be visiting more countries than I have ever been to in my life. We leave Argentina mid-January for Uruguay and then it’s onto Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Columbia. In Peru we will be fulfilling a life-long dream of J’s when we embark upon the Inca trail to see the wonder that is Machu Picchu. And in Brazil we will be ticking something of my bucket list when we climb Corcovado Mountain to see Christ the Redeemer. I have a picture of the incredible statue in our house on our staircase that an old friend gave me some years ago. It’s been the basis of my wanderlust daydreaming for a long time and over the last year has reminded me every day as I stumbled bleary eyed down the stairs to make my morning cuppa, why we were making the sacrifices that we were.
April will be a big month for us as not only will we be arriving in China to start the second leg of our year’s adventure in another continent, we will celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary and becoming an Auntie and Uncle again. We have a rough plan of moving on to South East Asia and India after that but I’ve been trying not to think much more further ahead in time; the enormity of what we will experience blows my mind. A bit like when I’m staring at the stars on a clear night thinking how insignificant things are compared to how vast the universe or when I’m watching a nature program about oceans and trying to imagine how deep they actually are. Some things are too much to think about for too long. Plus one of the things I really want to focus on over the next year is living in the moment. I’m also constantly looking to the next thing and rarely stop to take stock and be grateful or praise myself for any accomplishments. I guess in a nutshell my new year’s resolutions for 2016 are; embrace every day and be kinder to myself.