Baliktanaw: Thank you 2017!

2017 was fast. The pages of my planner filled up quickly but I guess that’s what happens when you count the year with weekends. Looking back always makes the year seem so short. But living the days, that’s the hard part. Yet that’s also where our growth happens. Here’s a quick post about my year.

This year was more of a 2016 part two, in that it was a continuation of all the activities I did last year. Trailrunning was still the highlight of my weekends, with the occasional hike here and there for maintenance.

And while the target race for 2016 was a 50-kilometer race, I doubled up for 2017 and aimed for a 100-kilometer finish. This culminated into my almost 25-hour finish at the KOTM series’ Four Lakes 100. I’ve not blogged about it because there was just too much to say and too little to say at the same time. Your first 100 kilometers is just something else.

After finishing that target race, I enrolled at Anytime Fitness Ortigas to get back in shape. I did miss squatting and the gym atmosphere, something that lessened significantly in 2016. There, I returned back to my old numbers and kept them in maintenance while doing a program that complemented my running. I also made new friends at the gym and I’m thankful for that.

Christmas party with gym friends

I also ate a lot with Khat this year. Thank goodness I kept moving because if not, I would have ballooned to teletubby proportions immediately. But it was also a good way to taste the different offerings in life before we succumb to our mortality and die. Plus we don’t bicker about where to eat anymore because we just try something new every time.

So much food, so little time

I have also continued the tradition of keeping track of my daily activities, here’s a summary of my numbers for the year:

Numbers don’t lie

I’ve developed a habit of trying to measure everything that I can. I like to see some miscellaneous numbers about my life just like those extra stats you can see in some Role-playing Games on your computer. But they also serve as a baseline for my achievements in fitness. So with these in mind, I plan to improve these numbers in 2018. Orayt!

All of these are well and good, but there were some struggles as well. Most of the struggles came during weekdays. Work is still work. And although everything is good, I’m getting jaded by the daily commute. Traffic is getting worse and with no signs of improvement, I have began fantasizing about employment opportunities that allow me to work from home. Or to find a place of dwelling that is near the employment hub that is Ortigas.

The work itself hasn’t been easy, too. With waves of requests or none at all, it’s nerve-wracking trying to anticipate what awaits me when I click that email icon at the office. But I’ve been trying to keep my head up. Life is struggle and I have chosen to struggle this way until I find a better one. For 2018, I have been given more on my plate. But instead of worrying, I’ve been learning to accept whatever may come and just do shit one at a time. Like I’ve said before, I’m embracing the slow movement and I plan to use it a lot next year.

But 2018 is still a day away. For these last few hours of 2017, it’s time for me to express my gratitude to everyone who has made my 2017 interesting. The good, the bad, the ugly, the handsome (ehem), thank you for sharing the experience with me. It would take me a long time to list everyone one by one so I’m not going to.

Thank you to my hiking friends, my running friends, and everyone in between. Thank you for the kilometers we shared, the mountains we climbed, and the stories we exchanged. It was an honor to see a part of your lives and I hope we will be able to do it more in the coming years. To more adventures. Cheers!

Thank you to NMLS, for staying strong through 10 years of Christmas parties and even longer than that for our friendship. You always give me a reason to come home and I will continue to do so long as I am able. Let’s have a great 2018. Cheers!

Thank you to my officemates, for sharing the struggle and the pain of converting stress to money. It’s a bumpy ride but we need to keep hanging on and hope for a better tomorrow. I know that we can get through the challenges with a little bit of perseverance and a large amount of alcohol. MSI nambawan!

Thank you to my family and Khat. You have always been my support system and I wouldn’t be who I am without all your guidance and companionship. Thank you for providing the basic need that is your love. May we continue to be blessed by each other in 2018 and achieve our goals. Cheers!

And most of all, thank you to the Big Guy above, JC, the main man. Everything is for Your greater glory and I am thankful to be given these blessings despite being unworthy. Thank You for allowing me another year to continue living this gift You’ve given me. May I always remember to act in accordance to our relationship and may You give me the strength and will to spread Your blessings to others as well. Cheers!

Looking back, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for everything that has happened. The good parts will always overshadow the bad ones and I am entering 2018 with a smile on my face. So thank you, 2017. It was an amazing ride, but I have to go now. See you in my memories!

Happy New Year, everyone!

-jgzn

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