2015 has presented a long list of incredible opportunities and important learning lessons for me.
I’ve spent more time traveling and seeking new adventures with loved ones and friends. I’ve crossed off a handful of things on my bucket list, creating memories I wouldn’t exchange for anything. I’ve also visited many places for the first time including England, France, and Italy.
I saw the Stonehenge, ate a picnic lunch at Versailles after a bike ride through the gardens, rode a vintage Vespa through the hills of Tuscany’s countryside, and traced the footsteps of the Pope in the Vatican City.
I tried the best gelato in Rome, shared the biggest Florentine steak of my life with a good friend, and enjoyed a savory plate of rigatoni with lamb ragù in Venice.
I’ve spent a significant amount of time exploring through the little treasures of my own state–checking out the Joshua trees, cruising on a bike through Venice Beach, and soaking in all the beauty Big Sur and Highway 1 has to offer.
I’ve also picked up a new skill, like I had promised myself at the end of 2014, in video filming and editing. It’s been such a pleasure to be able to share information and convey an emotion through moving images. I’ve met such talented friends through the year and collaborated on fun, creative projects.
I went camping for the second and third time in my life to see a beautiful sunset from the Yosemite valley and took an icy plunge into the water just below the majestic waterfall in Burney. I celebrated my birthday twice, once in the desert with 14,000 strangers lighting paper lanterns into the night sky and another back in San Francisco with new friends and old friends. I also became a member of a wine club at Hall Wines, making me feel like a real adult.
All of the new experiences would not have happened so perfectly without the people who joined me in them. I’ve spent a lot of quality time with family, friends, and loved ones this year. I went across the country and spent Thanksgiving with Cheuk’s extended family and learned so much about each of their lives.
Looking back at the last 365 days, I feel so grateful for all the ups and downs. I’ve learned a lot more about the world and myself. I’ve learned to recognize my shortcomings and turn it into an opportunity for self-improvement. I’ve learned to accept the things I can’t change without letting it get in the way of where I need to go.
There are still so many things to see, experience, and learn–I am excited to see how I’ll be utilizing the time in 2016 to enrich my life and help others around me. I hope you will continue to join me in my new adventures, I can’t wait to share them through Escaping Neverland!