2018 is the best year so far. This is a year of filled with wonderful surprises, magnificent progress and new discoveries. I have always been more private about my personal life compared to my fitness journey. However, something incredible happened in our family this year (which officially made this year the best year EVER).
My brother successfully proposed to N early this year during a family trip to Taiwan. We scoured high and low for the most perfect spot in Sun Moon Lake, and managed to plan the entire surprise under her nose (we gotcha, N!). And finally, we found a secluded spot, right before sunset. I could not stop grinning as I remembered the way N looked at my brother; her expression filled with both surprise and delight as she finally found her happy beginning.
I recently went for a Yoga Retreat, organised by both Fitness First (FF) and Celebrity Fitness (CF), at Tanjung Jara Resort. We were in the second batch, due to an overwhelming response from the first batch held three weeks prior. In fact, the retreat was supposedly fully booked and paid for before the poster (for the second batch) went up on the notice board, which in the end it never did.
This retreat had come in a seemingly perfect and imperfect time, depending on if you see the glass half full or half empty. I was overloaded at work in November, and before I went away, I had the unsettling feeling of being irresponsible for leaving unfinished work. To which my superior responded: “There’s never a good time to go for a holiday. Make time anyway.”
I never thought I’ll say goodbye to this place, but I did it anyway.
And it is at the end of the journey, I remember where it all began.
* * * I joined Fitness First in December 2014, a month after The Gardens Mall branch opened. I went into the gym on a Sunday afternoon and signed a contract within fifteen minutes. On hindsight, I should have done a little more research; I noticed that most of my fitness-related decision were done on impulse. It was probably for the best too, otherwise I would have been contemplating forever.
I got a gym membership, partly for the same reason that most people did – to lose weight. It was my first year back to Malaysia and with the sudden dormant lifestyle, I gained 5 kg without even realising it. Another part of me wanted to meet new people; to break through the discomfort of generating small talks. The way of being comfortable with discomfort is to dive head in (as of most of my decisions) and communicate with more people outside my usual circle, out from high school, university and at work.