2 years before smiling

Is this strange? But I may have mentioned this in one of my earlier blog post. I run regularly in my neighborhood and when I first started, I’m not sure why, but I don’t really dare to make eye contact with anyone. Slowly I’ve started to enjoy my jogging routine, including the nature as well as looking at the joggers around me. If I happen to make eye contact with someone, sometimes I’ll smile. I think one particular lady started smiling and saying hi to me and it may have changed me for the better. That’s how I started smiling at random strangers when I jog sometimes.

There is this particular guy, I think we may have ran past each other for almost 2 years now. For 2 years, he kept looking at me when we jog past each other, but we never smiled. It was pretty awkward I must say. Then in April, I started breaking the ice by smiling whenever he passes by. The first time I did that, I think he was shocked. Maybe he wasn’t expecting it. He didn’t smile back. The second time we met again while jogging, he started to warm up and gave me a awkward smile. Then we did not meet for more than a month as I was away.

Yesterday, I saw him again while jogging. He passed by me and this time round, he smiled at me. That was really nice. I smiled back. It took us 2 whole years to start smiling at each other. Isn’t that funny?

Now I wonder what will be next. Will we ever be able to say hi eventually? That would be nice.

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My trip takeaway

It’s been more than a month since I wrote in my journal here. I was away for most of May, on my first ever learning trip. In the past, my trips though always included some form of classes, but they were never intensive.

I put together this trip on a very short notice. Due to some circumstances, I decided that I wanted to learn a lot about my work and so a longer trip was required. I was partly scared but excited at the same time for such an opportunity.

One of the important things I ever learnt prior to this trip was to “Never put your life on hold for someone else”. I’m so glad I went ahead with my trip and had a lot of learning done. If I had put my life on hold, I would have felt really miserable right now.

I feel very blessed to go on this long trip with a rather peaceful mind. Back in my corporate days, being away for a week was giving me alot of stress, let alone 3 weeks. I shudder when I think about all the emails I have to deal with for being away for so long. I am grateful that I can enjoy being a real “student”, just concentrating on absorbing and learning as much as I can. Being away like this is such a luxury.

Apart from classes and all, I also got to visit new places and attending a talk on my own. I also went for a game with all strangers for one event. One day, class ended early and it was perfect for me to go location recce. I needed to know how to get to a new place for a talk I was attending. I got stranded in the rain on that day. Although I had an umbrella, I was still drenched. I didn’t manage to find the place and was feeling unaccomplished. The next day, I decided to find the location again and was successful. I’m really proud of myself.

I also kept up with my jogging routine amazingly during this trip. I remembered to pack my jogging gear in my suit case. I jogged 3 times a week, always early in the morning. It helped keeping me energized for the day. Again, I’m proud of myself!