Every end is a new beginning

Image credit: Dee Dee Lee

This time last year, I resigned from my job to pursue further studies. There were lots of tears on my last day of teaching but I was excited about my new adventure in Cambridge. I could have chosen to suspend from duty without pay but I knew I was not going back. No matter how much I enjoyed teaching, I felt remorseful being part of something – the education system in Hong Kong – that I disagree with.

I cannot believe how fast the past eight months have gone by. I’ve made so many amazing friends, deepened my love for children’s literature, written over 20,000 words (and still going!), started a blog, learned to snowboard, taken up new responsibilities, and gained a few pounds! They say from the time we leave our parents’ house until we have kids is the only time your life is completely yours. I have been very selfish this year, doing things that I love and focus only on myself. It has been a wonderful year off work living in one of world’s most beautiful cities. Despite all that, I am ready and looking forward to going back to work.

Uncertainties are scary. I have been applying for jobs since January and it freaks me out not knowing what I’ll be doing or where I’ll be in a month’s time. But then when nothing is sure, everything is possible. Sometimes a decision you might consider a regret or failure in the present can turn out to be the catalyst for something extraordinary in the end. I have come to a point that I am so used to receiving rejection emails that I don’t mind them anymore because I believe that good things fall apart so better things can fall together. When I look back in life, the breakups, the jobs that I didn’t get and the opportunities that I missed, they all led up to better things. I want to reassure those who are in despair, including myself, that everything will be alright.

People say you’ll miss college, I don’t; I just miss my friends from college. Every stage of life has its own perks and challenges. Be grateful for each stage for it will transform you into a better, stronger person. You could do anything you wanted to do as long as you have confidence, courage and perseverance. Good luck!

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