2020: Week 1

Happy New Year!

I’ve been a little slow to starting this year 2020, and that’s because 2019 ended with an entire month of convalescing from being sick and asthmatic and I basically had no mental or emotional bandwidth to start setting my goals for this new year.

Part of it is also the added thought of 2020 being the start of a new decade. While time is an arbitrary construct, it’s still how we number our days and makes us think about the way we live out our lives. What do I intend to do with the fresh year and decade before me?

The past decade held a lot of change for me. As I summed up elsewhere on social media, I did my first marathon, triathlon, and ironman in that span of time. I changed jobs, traveled outside of Asia for the first time, lost friends, made friends, and moved cities (still inside Metro Manila, but the East side is a different animal to South side!).

In retrospect, I stumbled by accident into the things that would change the course of my life, and by the grace of God they worked out. But I still can’t help feeling some emotions at the thought of the unknown through the course of this year and the decade — some dread, a little excitement. There are things in my control, a lot more I know about that are outside of my control, and even more that I will not be able to expect or anticipate.

But me tell you a secret: I’ve never been one for long-term goals. While my grade school classmates were all dreaming about their eventual weddings and careers, I only ever thought about getting to the end of grade school, then high school, then university, doing the best in whatever situation I found myself in and trying to excel at whatever I put my hand to. In the end, that’s all that really matters — doing the best you can.

Let’s see what that looks like for me for 2020.

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About Noelle De Guzman

Noelle De Guzman is a freelance writer and recreational athlete with over 12 years of experience in wellness and endurance sport. She believes sport and an active healthy lifestyle changes lives.

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