Wow, almost a year since I posted? Someone's sure lazy (me). I've been thinking I might use this for smaller entries as well so I don't feel I have to say anything exciting... we'll see.
So, what's happened this year? I finished out my contract in Singapore. Overall working there was great, Clone Wars was a blast and I think I will have some nice shots for my reel once it all airs, woot! Teen and I then went on a kick-ass trip through Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, India, Nepal, China and Japan for around 11 weeks. That was the coolest adventure of my lifetime. It's hard to sum it up, or say what was best, because so much happened and there were so many amazing moments. I did realize that the over hyped 'wonders of the world' weren't as impressive as the unknown experiences we had. Something about seeing a picture so many times takes away from seeing it in person, such as with the Taj Mahal. Also, thousands of tourists ruins things for me as well, so I much more enjoyed Myanmar and Laos where I knew next to nothing about and it was all brand new!
One of the best things of the whole year and a bit away, was that I've realized I feel differently about things now. I used to be (and still am in many ways) very black and white about my opinions. Part of it was probably my youth and lack of experience, but the more I saw and the more I talked to people with different world views than me, the more I opened up some grey to my thoughts. I may still not agree, but now at least I understand.
So I've been home about 2 weeks now. It's been great to catch up with everyone, see Shane and Meg's new baby Audrey, and settle back into a place that actually feels like home, which Singapore never did. My condo feels cozy, and I can't wait to set up our new art we got overseas! There is something weird about coming back as well.
How do you pick up the threads of an old
life? How do you go on, when in your heart
you begin to understand. There is no going
Too much Lord of the Rings for me...
I guess it feels like things should be different, because so much has happened to me while I was gone. That was the reason I wanted to leave in the first place though. I felt that, all though I love my life here, the years were going by and they were so similar to one another. I did the same things and saw the same friends, and time sort of blended together. This trip was a huge sidestep, which felt like each month was a new year, and it was awesome. Not to say I could do it forever. There were downsides, a lot of stress, finding a place to sleep and eat and how to get places. I guess it just felt like I lived more. I do want to do it again, but for now, I'm happy to be home with my buddies, in my little house, and my awesome new job. Adventures will come again :)