2012 was the year I proclaimed I would “Make it happen.” And if I could summarize the year that was, I’d say the word MORE would perfectly describe it. Being a year of many firsts, I found myself seeking for seconds, thirds, or in short, more of what I was claiming I can and will make happen.
2012 was one of those years I’d classify as a milestone on my Facebook Timeline. Apart from the inevitability of being thrown into the “real world,” and all that jazz , 2012 was also colored with a series of introspection. I suppose it led me to a more productive version of daydreaming, which actually meant getting up and just doing it. And by doing so, I found myself ticking off some items on my “This year I will…” list, feeling accomplished, yet challenged each time. After realizing I could actually see my dream board come to life, I felt the natural tendency to beg for more.
But with seeking more comes the unsatisfactory feeling of fleeting contentment. I always ended up thinking I could do something bigger. It’s always the same each time. I wanted to achieve something beyond what you could call improvement. Self-actualization? I don’t really know. I just want to create something of greater value and impact, without veering away from my passion, potential, and purpose.
So this year, I will go on a backpacking adventure. Yes, Dora the Explorer style. I’ll have a small, okay, medium-sized Aztec-print knapsack filled with only top-tier essentials. I don’t usually pack light, so I’m sure this will be a huge challenge for me. Like what Ryan Bingham in Up in the Air did, I will try to fit what I value in my life in a backpack, as I visit different cities and create new acquaintances. I will let go of fear, doubt, and judgment, three-fourths of the usual amount of over thinking I bring along, and none of those negative pills I sometimes consume. And as a finishing touch, I’ll probably pin that sometimes indecipherable muscle that pumps blood on my sleeve.
Less does not only mean more, but most, or if not, even all.