Of Feeling 22 Again
Originally posted on 01 May 2023
As usual, I am once again watching ESOTSM. It’s been 9 years of watching this movie, and it still makes me cry at the same scenes.
I’m just exactly where I want to be.
One of my favourite age is 22. I was still grieving over my first heartbreak at 21, and at 22, I finally healed. I enjoyed being single, having fun, travelling, making friends, exploring new adventures.
I moved to the Netherlands after my birthday, and had a blast celebrating it with friends the week before. In NL, I was travelling, exploring, going on adventures. Most friends moved back to Europe, so I was visiting different ones every other week. Over Easter break, went on a girls trip. Over summer, did so many campings, tent pitching, road trips and airplanes. I went to parties, festivals, more road trips and more spontaneous flights in Autumn and Winter. I made an insane amount of friends from all walks of life. I had a blast. It is one of my favourite years, a significant turning point of me becoming who I want to be.
It was a necessary transition year that resulted in a significant period of professional growth. I started a company, closed and started another, and another. I took all the life learnings and paired it with academic learnings to implement it in the companies and teams I was building. I don’t have all my shit together, but I think I have a good amount of my personal life and professional life together.
It is a privilege to experience both extreme personal life and extreme professional life. But I know I cannot keep living an insane working schedule. I want to learn work life balance. That means that balance between extreme personal and professional life.
The past many years was so focused on working, I lost a little of myself. So I feel like I am 22 again, going on adventures and seeing the world again. This time, I am equipped with my life experience, academic experience and professional experience of running my companies. I don’t know what the next chapter holds. I know I still have a lot of learning ahead of me. And I’m just so excited to jump on this new adventure.
I guess all I am saying is that I am just exactly where I need to be right now. Nothing more, nothing less. Just going on this journey. Enjoying every single step of the way.
I feel like the luckiest person in the world.