It’s hard to remember all the photos I have taken in 2016; it’s even harder to decide which photos I like better. But I have no problem remembering what I have learned in this year.
My husband had a surgery on 12/22. Dr. removed two small tumors from his bladder. We, the family, discussed our anxiety before his surgery; my daughter and I shared our fear of if “bad cells” had spread. We asked each other how he or she was doing often and letting each other know that we were there for him/her. This experience brought us closer. (We are grateful that the surgery went well and he is on his way to a full recovery.)
My husband was diagnosed with a bladder cancer and had a surgery a year before. Last year we each cried in our own corner, and when we saw each other, we pretended we were okay. I remember feeling helpless and alone; I am sure my husband and daughter felt the same way.
I learned that when someone remains in silence, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t care. I learned that even under a not-so-good circumstance we continue to grow. I learned that when there is someone caring about us, our problem doesn’t seem as bad.
One of the most fundamental characteristics of introverts is that they need time alone to recharge their batteries.
I learned that the older a battery is, the longer it would take to recharge. 😉
In May, we took a Baltic & Scandinavian Cruise, visited Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, and Warnemunde. (As a classical music lover, my husband’s favorite place was Sibelius Memorial at Helsinki, Finland. I, on the other hand, don’t have a favorite place, but what I liked the most of the trip was the cake we ate in Norway.) In August, we visited Canadian Rockies. And we went to D.C. in July and San Francisco in November.
I always thought seeing places, eating different food, and meeting different people are the reasons for traveling. But, I learned that when I travel, a lot of time, I get to know a different part of me… I like that a lot.
Second Language/Blogging in 2017
The other day while writing to my friend, I used the word “Power”. For some reason, it didn’t look quite right. I looked up in the dictionary and found out that I did spell it right. I have heard that “When people get old, the ability of speaking or writing in a second language is the second (first?) one to go.” Yes, I’m getting old. But how sad it is if I can’t even spell the word “POWER”?
It didn’t take much for me to figure out that I have lost some ability in English writing because I don’t read/write as often as before. I guess I should blog more 😉
Two three years ago (or 4?), I thought it would be fun to write to my daughter every day for a year. Well, I failed. My goal for next year is to write a letter a week to my daughter or nephew, niece, friend… and you can read it here. 😉 I think I can do it,
I want to thank all my blogger friends and those who are following this blog. Together we can make this world better… in our own way. Have a Healthy and Happy 2017!