2020 has brought me with too much uncertainty, the plan needed to change and shape into the new reality, and I can’t share my happiness and gratefulness with my dear friends and parents in person.
It’s a bit frustrating, to be honest, but luckily we make it through successfully to 2021! And despite those highs and lows, I’m still looking forward to the upcoming Chinese New Year in February, having dinner and celebrating with my family (online for sure). To ease the loneliness and celebrate another Chinese new year in Brisbane, I decided to do a barbecue in advance.
Before the barbecue, one of the invited friends came up to me, asking help to help him move house. I learnt that he was moving from an inbound suburb to an outbound suburb, taking him nearly double the daily traffic time. Due to travelling and the time we spent on packing and unpacking the luggage items, we had to change the date.
Finally, last Friday we could do the barbecue. Although it is not a big fancy barbecue, as my friend and I usually do before, we still have good food and good conversation. We worship each other, comfort each other. We exchanged thoughts regarding 2020, sharing stories about what we had been through and what we needed to prepare for the coming months in 2021.
This new year means to be a brand new ‘new year’ for me. Most of my known fellows have already gone back to China, and the others will have to find a job to sustain life and study here. With the strong support from my family, I don’t need to spend extra time looking for a part-time job and stay focus on fulfilling my dream and finishing my study in Brisbane. When the entire economy is not as good as it used to be, I need to rethink daily expenses and save more money for the future. And from this barbecue, I learned how lucky I am to have those perfect friends who can open heart accept me, listening to my complaints and help me deal with the stress and anxiety that I expose to them.
With those supportive friends and a strong family backup, I believe that this year will be a brand new beginning for me, and surely I will become a much better me in 2021!