Sunday, January 15, 2006

Here's to all things Fabulous

Over two weeks into the new year. Ah, I haven’t posted at all since.

Yes, it has been a frantic few weeks. Work took on gargantuan proportions. I have a breather now but next week its back to the grind stone. And what of 2005, that sweet-sad, chest-gripping, strange sort of feeling year? (okay, okay I stole that line from Murakami).

It whizzed past without a backward glance I must say. I did manage a small pocket of time to do my annual stock-take. Some highs, some lows and many days of frustrated struggle (mainly work related). I have only now gingerly opened 2006 and am planning to delve deep and hard and enjoy what the year has in store. It may throw good things and un-good but I am ready. As 30 should be.

Ah, yes. I turned 30. With quiet contentment.

We ran away from London, deep into the Welsh country for a few days. M took me for a swanky dinner, with scattered paper stars and moons on the table overlooking a bay. As we linked fingers, I watched the dark waves dance the night away. I am glad. To leave behind the madness of the 20s. There is of course the rose-tinted nostalgia that accompanies reminiscence of this kind. The 20s were filled with all the mayhem, anguish, delight and sheer rush of college, work, relationships and what not.

When I was 18, I sat and wrote a list of all the things that I planned to achieve by the time 30 rolled by. I opened the tattered, yellowed paper that I have been carrying all these years:

I have since done some of those things. Some I haven’t and some are plainly, no longer important. But as the sea and sky merged into a curtain of inky peacefulness, I knew that there is much to celebrate.

So much to be thankful for. Companied with all the love and good wishes of family and friends. Who are with me in love, play and work. Cheering me, de-stressing me, being goofy with me and loving me despite.

So much to look forward to. Some travel awaits, some get-aways, meeting new people and the many parties to be had in our love-filled new home.

So much to learn. From the books that gleam wickedly on the library shelves. From the experiences of yore. From the wisdom of my parents. From friends. New things about M that I keep discovering (for example I just found out that he knows the lyrics to really random songs).

So much to cherish. The past that colours the present. Once upon a time foibles. Halcyon girlhood. The choices I made (or maybe think I did) sum up what I am today.

So much to give. To send lots of sunshine to friends and family.To share knowledge with my students, to exchange ideas and thoughts.

One thing to pray for (that’s my secret).

I can sense it in my bones that the 30s are going to be fabulous.

So, here’s to 30 and Possibilities. Blessings of great magnitude. Swirls of grace and beauty. The goodness of people. The kindness of thoughts. The joy of oneness. Here’s to shimmering dreams unfurling, showers of joy, laughter and magic, pure and simple.

It’s going be great. Fabulous 30.


At 1/15/2006 05:12:00 pm, Blogger may said...

cheers, jane sunshine. may the fabulous 30s be full of adventures, life-learning moments, laughter and love.

At 1/17/2006 02:21:00 am, Blogger JoMel said...

HEY BABES! You are back!!!! Finally??? How was your Boxing Day shopping? You haven't updated us yet!

Was it your birthday just recently???? YAY! Happy birthday *Muah on your cheek*

You are right, 30's are the best times of our ears. Make full use of it ya? *wink*

At 1/17/2006 08:16:00 am, Blogger Sunrayz said...

Congrats on turning 30!!
Here's to a splendid decsde- the 30's! *raises glass od wine*

At 1/17/2006 11:53:00 am, Blogger Ms.B said...

It WILL be fabulous, babes, it WILL!!

This post is beautiful, and am so happy to see that you're embracing the new year and the beautiful big 3 with unlimited gusto. You go, girl!!

Quite the romantic, eh M? Not bad, not bad!! I can hardly say the same for my lovable other half!! :D

Even though I've wished you earlier, no harm in doing it again right? HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUNSHINE!!!!

At 1/17/2006 01:46:00 pm, Blogger Kak Teh said...

Happy happy belated birthday ! So u were on yr way forthe celebration when u called me??? aaah, we will celebrate again!

At 1/17/2006 04:12:00 pm, Blogger Mint Chutney said...

Welcome to the club my friend. Here's wishing for those items on your list as well as the new ones.

At 1/17/2006 11:52:00 pm, Blogger Count Byron said...

Jane, what a beautiful and poignant entry. Leaving behind your 20's and going headlong into 30's.. you certainly live your life to the fullest, surrounded with love and cheer.. achieving great feats, wonderful education and a strong supportive family to be grateful for.
Have a great and fulfilling 30s.

At 1/18/2006 03:45:00 pm, Blogger The ramblings of a shoe fiend said...

Hope you have a wonderful year and do more of the things you set out to do at 18!

At 1/18/2006 04:37:00 pm, Blogger Jane Sunshine said...

May: Thank you for the good wishes.

Jo: Boxing day shopping was not very successful as I was sick that day (can you imagine?). I did go for a few more shopping expeditions after that though to make up for it! And yes dear, I will make the best of the 30s.

Sunrayz: Thank you so much.

Blabs: I wish everyday was my birthday-then I can get to have M at my beck and call ALL THE TIME !!! And thanks for the wishes.

Kak Teh: Yes, that's when I called you!!! Of course we must celebrate. Plus, we haven't met up in ages. Mawar next week? Will email you dear.

Mint: Thanks sweet!

Count: What an honour! Thank you so much for your warm wishes.

Shoe: Thanks shoefi. Yes, it will definitely include more of travelling to exotic lands and succumbing to liberal consumerism among other things!

At 1/19/2006 06:11:00 am, Blogger Lydia Teh said...

Jane, 30 is a great age. Not too young, not too old. It's just nice. That was a poignant entry. Keep it up.

At 1/19/2006 10:09:00 am, Anonymous Epi said...

Thirty is a FABULOUS age darling. I couldn't wait to get 30, mainly because most of my close friends had long passed that threshold, and they were all mature, independent and damn in control of their own lives.

But now that I'm 30 add 4, I have to admit that I think I am suffering from premature mid-crisis onslaught. If not, pray tell me, what is this current fascination with younger men with sexy biceps??? hahahaha

Happy belated birthday, and here's to possibilities (clink).

At 1/20/2006 03:51:00 am, Blogger starlight said...

i have always believed that life truly begins at 30 - when your knowledge of who you are and who you want to be both empowers and liberates you. thank you for reaffirming that.

At 1/23/2006 06:13:00 am, Blogger thewailer said...

Inspirational...I dreaded the day I turn 30 another 5 years to come and I do not know why :)

At 1/25/2006 01:22:00 am, Blogger Jane Sunshine said...

Lydia: Thank you. Will definitely try to enjoy the best years!

Epi: Younger men with biceps, nice distractions. Thanks-oh-so-much. I love all your thought-spewage btw!

Starlight: There are still many, many days when I am inflicted with self-doubt and simmer in depression. But when I get out of it, then I go kick some ass.

Wailer: Time will tell.

At 6/18/2006 01:00:00 am, Blogger Fabio has something to say said...

I stumbled across your blog on a search for "fabulous blogs" I know why you are considered fabulous! It looks like we have more in common than blogging!


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