01.01.2014 - 01.01.2014
And... 2013 has come to an end. Just like that. I found myself looking forward to 2014's arrival with a sigh of relief at the ready. Because, as for many, this year has been a tumultuous one, with chaos and happiness mischievously walking hand in hand and something unexpected lurking around every corner. Some take solace into attributing its miseries to the superstition that comes with Thirteen's relationship with poor unknowing Two Thousand, but I think Ben and I both share the belief that you create your own happiness. That is not to say, however, that this rosy belief has not been tested. Oh, how we struggled! And oh, how we fought back!
Our worries ranged from struggles with visa regulations, career opportunities and financial distress to dealing with incompetent colleagues and employers, wrathful flatmates, stupid decisions and losing friends due to Darwin's transient population. And when your sole focus is on your worries, suddenly the grass on the other side looks eminently greener: you are so busy fighting that you often end up fighting yourself and those you love most; you lose track of what is important...
E-VE-RY-THING seemed a struggle, until come the end of April: Ben got offered a wonderful job that came with sponsorship. From then on, everything seemed to move at a steady pace: new dwelling, new modes of transport, ever increasing work opportunities, the excitement of having my brother over for a visit, etc. It all went a little fast. But as often happens when life's many creases flatten out and balance restores itself, so do you. A sobering 'aha'-moment confronts you and you think: wow, am I happy to have someone like you in my life. And so the later half of 2013, still oozing with turmoil, became an active quest for daily moments of joy-de-vivre. And upon further reflection, that grass on the other side bore just as many flaws, if not more, as your own. And from it emerged a beautiful event, which we will cherish for as long as our lives may unfold: we got married. Who would have thought it? Sitting on an old junk boat in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam on the 1st of January of 2013, we certainly did not see that one coming!
For the first time in a while, we can look forward to a year of stability. Of course we have been through too many sudden life-alterations to believe that a year can go according to plan, but that doesn't matter. For now, we take solace in the illusion of stability that 2014 is offering us and man, does that feel good! And again, it fills us with joy that we will be looking forward to it together!
And so, without further ado:
"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness.
I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful,
and don't forget to make some art - write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can.
And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself..." - Neil Gaiman
Happy New Year from Mr Ben and Mrs Emilie <3
PS: updates to follow, I promise!