Today I turned 36, that was almost my mother’s age when she left Vietnam. She traveled half-way across the world, and left everyone and everything she knew in order to give her family the opportunities she didn’t have. That level of self-sacrifice seems so adult and mature to me. I am half way through my 30s and I still feel like a little kid; not to say that I didn’t have my own challenges that I had to overcome. But I am going to take this opportunity on my birthday to reflect on the things I’ve learned in my 30s that I wish I knew earlier. I’ve condensed my ‘wisdom’ into a nice short list, one for each year:
As you know, last week we took a family road trip to Quebec for Thanksgiving. If you’ve ever been in a car with 6 people plus countless luggage for an eight hour drive, you’ll know it’s an effective torture method. Aside from the fact that my body was contorted into many weird positions, the trip was a success. We had a little too much food, but that’s to be expected on a Nguyen get-together. We also got to visit a few nice churches a long the way.
Notre-Dame is the famous basilica located in the heart of Old Montreal. The interior is filled with intricate wood carvings that would rival any European church. The altar is back lit with a deep blue light, creating contrast and drama to the elaborate design. The only drawback is that there is an admission fee of $5 to get in, which makes this feel less like a holy site and more like a tourist stop.
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It’s almost the end of December. Yikes, where did the time go? I feel like Christmas kinda crept up on me this year. It must be because we were in Australia for 3 weeks and it was boiling hot there most of the time. Even with the Christmas music blasting and Santas everywhere, it’s not the same. My brain just can not comprehend that we are only weeks away from the holiday season when I am wearing shorts and sandals. Either way, it doesn’t matter because I am back in Canada now and it’s nice and cold outside. All is well with the world again and I can dive head first into this festive season.