Back in January (the 6th, to be precise), I wrote out 6 new year resolutions that I swore to live by. Twelve moons have passed since then. It’s time to do a review:
Gracefully accept that I will be called ‘Uncle’ by a lot of young(er) people.
Review: I have been called that with increasing frequency these days. Sigh. I am resigned to the fact that ‘Uncle’ will always be that thorn in my side and a life time burden from now on, well, at least until I hear some one call me ‘Gramps’ (I vow to beat the daylights out of the first person who utter that foul 6-letter word!). Nowadays I spot a salt-and-pepper crew cut hairstyle. A lot like George Clooney actually, though I think I have more salt than pepper! Yet, I have a feeling quite a few people have rotting toes (see the terms and conditions of my original resolutions post for calling me ‘Uncle’ inappropriately.
Not swear or curse at stupid drivers on the road
Review: Sadly I have broken this rule about a couple of thousand times. Sigh. Thankfully since I am not driving in Melbourne and will not be driving for the next 6-7 months, I will not be expected to swear very much. Of course, it doesn’t mean I can’t swear at tram drivers, bus drivers, horse-cart drivers, cyclists, and other Melbourne car drivers while being a pedestrian!
Learn to say a BIG ‘NO’ to any invitations to speak outside of IMU
Review: Thankfully this one I was able to keep, saying “yes” only to speaking engagements that would profit me (in terms of Ringgit and sens) and so, for this year, I spoke in less than 1/3 of events compared to the previous year. I consider keeping this resolution a success.
Learn to praise fellow colleagues in public, in meetings, and in the corridors, always within ear shot of another colleague.
Review: I tried to do this for a while but I just couldn’t stick to it. You know, some people are just un-praise-able! Heh Heh! (Kidding). But seriously, when I had to fill up my year-end-review which would determine what kind of bonus I will get next year, I had a tough time filling up the parts that says “Give evidence on how in the past year, you have demonstrated your ability to function as a team player and an encourager, and provide details on how you were humble” (If not for Resolution 1, I would have sworn here!). I consider keeping this resolution a total failure.
Learn to hold my tongue and think a godzillion times before I open my trap
Review: I think I quite successfully kept my trap shut in time the past year. I believe I did not wound anyone mortally with my words (if I did, please forgive). This is a good resolution to keep.
I shall try to lose at least 2 kgs and get back the washboard abs I used to have, like 20 years ago.
Review: The washboard abs are there somewhere, hidden just beneath the 3-4 cm depth of pure unadulterated human lard. Sigh….I think I can kiss this resolution good bye. However, since I am practically bored to death here in Melbourne in the evenings, I have joined the gym and have been working out fairly regularly. So, there may still be hope that I shall yet see those abs before I turn 60.
So there, a year of ups and downs.
It’s really been a great year. I think the best part of the year was being given an opportunity to learn new stuff in Melbourne, Australia. I’ve been here 3 months and so far, it has been an awesome experience. It has also been a tough year as well as I have to leave my wife with 2 growing kids behind just so I can finish this last leg of the race. I will make it up to them when I get home, eventually (unless I get that Janitor job at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, I will stay on and invite them over! Whee!!!).
The other tough part was to try and survive with about AUD 400 per month (excluding rent). Yes, that’s how little I get for coming here. It’s terribly tough but it has made me realize that it can be done. Best of all, it made me realize that deep within me, lies a dormant cook! I can make a killer spaghetti dish now. And most of all, it made me realize how blessed I am to have my wife back home cooking for me!
So, as the clock ticks away to a new year, let me wish all of you, my dear visitors to this humble blog, my students, my patients, my friends:
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011!!!! (I am 3 hours ahead of you guys, so I get to wish you first!).