Beginning a New Journey

Are you wondering if I am still alive? Fortunately and I am grateful that I am still very much alive and kicking. Life has been pretty hectic for me at the moment but rest assure that I will still find time to smell the flowers and enjoy the simple goodness in life; I am still marveling at the mountains around me. By looking at the picture on the right, you might have guessed that I am on a ‘journey’ right now; not exactly a trip but embarking on a new project or new phase in my life … a challenging one especially with a lot of first times for me.

My journey started on Tuesday, 3 August 2010 when I left home at around 3pm with a simple backpack (with clothes and personal stuffs that are supposed to last me at least 3 months) and a laptop. Just before leaving the house, it started to drizzle all of the sudden, typical weather of Singapore where the rain could
come and go as it pleases. The drizzled lasted for a mere 10 minutes and I started my 7 minutes walk to the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station. It was mentally a long walk to the station with the weight of the backpack weighing down on me. The hotness and humid of the weather were making it much worse
and by the time I was at the station, I was already sweating like a pig. Guess what? The train chose the ‘right’ time to be late; I waited for more than 15 minutes and continued to sweat like a pig. Eventually the train came and that ended one part of the journey.

The next part of the journey consisted of a 5 hours coach ride to Kuala Lumpur. I was a little anxious since it was my first coach ride to Malaysia and there were a lot of uncertainties. I was there much earlier and waiting, alone, for the coach to arrive did not make the waiting any easier. And yet there was this element of excitement of the ride ahead; I was looking forward to the long ride. It turned out to be a pleasant ride; I made a new friend on the coach and I managed to catch the Blind Side which I thought was a pretty good movie. A lot of times we just have to take the journey. Worrying is normal but futile. We might as well enjoy it since we have to do it. It may not be as bad as what we are thinking.

All the rides were just the side dishes. The real journey has started for me. Till this point of time, I have met a few challenges … some losses and confusions amidst the journey. However, I kept telling myself … this is the greatest opportunity for me to grow. As I pass each challenge, I am a better person. As Carl Jung said, "The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown." It might seem unsolvable initially, but as we calm our mind and focus on seeking the solution and have faith, the clouds eventually disperse.

As I proceed in this challenging journey ahead, I am also excited and happy of the person I am becoming.

Wherever you are now, I wish for goodness in all areas of your life and you have nothing to fear!

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15 thoughts on “Beginning a New Journey

  1. Belinda Munoz + The Halfway Point

    Hi BK, it sounds like you are on quite an adventure there! I fantasize about going on such a journey; just taking off by myself with nothing but a backpack, but the reality is I would miss my family a lot. As for worrying, yes, it’s natural though I find I let go of worries after a few days when traveling (I’d prefer to not worry at all, but that hasn’t happened yet.)
    I’d love to hear more about what you’ve been doing, what you’ve seen and whom you’ve met.
    Be well.

  2. Jannie Funster

    You are AWESOME, off with a back-pack for 3 months!!

    And so glad you took along your laptop, that would be my priority too, in these days of Wireless Internet.

    I have not yet seen Blind Side, will look for it at the library to borrow.

    Beautiful inspiration in this — thanks!


    P.S. Not sure when you will read this, but YOU are my featured “Great Peep To Know” today, in a button at the very TOP of my side-bar! Your button will move down one notch a day to drop off after 21 days, but will be re-featured in a post later.
    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Happy Birthday- Rosie =-.

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ Hilary, first of all, pardon me, the way I was writing, it seemed that most of you were misled and thought that I was going backpacking; it would really be exciting to be going on backpacking. What I actually meant about a new journey I’m embarking is a new project or business which I am conducting now. And this is sort of a new journey for me and I am expecting challenges ahead. I sure hope that one day you’ll be in Asia. Be sure to let me know when you are here and I could possibly show you around. 🙂

      @ Belinda, pardon me. It seemed that most of you thought that I am going on a trip. My oversight totally. What I was actually describing is on another phase of my life where I am taking on another ‘journey’ into a new project and I am expecting new challenges along the way. Yes, worrying is inevitable, we just have to have the faith to move on.

      @ Jannie, I don’t know what to say really. Thank you for featuring me as one of the great peeps to know. It is truly my honor to be featured by one of the great peeps like yourself too. And as I was explaining to the others, I am not actually going on a trip but describing what I am going through at the moment as a pseudo trip. Thank you once again for what you are doing and have a great day!

  3. jacqueline

    Dearest BK, how was your trip to KL? I hope it was wonderful and pleasent! And i hope the launch went well!! So happy and excited about your new journal! Are you back in sg now? 🙂 Wishing you all the best on your new direction! HAve a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!
    .-= jacqueline´s last blog ..for the love of pretty blooms =-.

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ Meleah, Petula, thank you.

      @ Tina, I will do my best to do some updates; time has been really tight for now.

      @ Lisa, yes, a lot of fun and challanges.

      @ Jacqueline, it has been exciting so far. The launching is on the way on this Sunday. Thank you and have a lovely merry happy week and love to you too!

      @ One of the Guys, thank you.

  4. Eren Mckay

    Hi BK,
    Thanks so much for this reminder. I was feeling a bit anxious this morning but when I read your post the knot that I felt went away.
    Fear drives faith away. Having faith is essential to enjoying the journey. Thanks for reminding us of that.
    All the best,
    .-= Eren Mckay´s last blog ..Monkey Baby Shower Invitations =-.

    1. Symphony of Love Post author

      @ Eren, glad to hear that this post has helped to alleviate your feeling of anxiousness. Having faith is indeed important especially in time when there just seem to be countless challenges.