Letting Go

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Elizabeth Baumgart

I’M writing this at the airport, fresh from my flight from Palawan, which included a four-hour land trip with dizzying winding roads and a lot of turbulence in the air.

I can still feel the ground moving. I think I unhinged my brain, if that is even possible.


As I wait for my brain to settle, I might as well get some writing done.

Apparently the best kind of writing happens when the brain is kind of jostled and swims in brain fluid. Thank you, turbulence.

My flight to beautiful Palawan was because of work, just in case you’re asking or start wowing at the awesomeness of a Palawan trip. Sadly, in my entire life my travels have largely consisted of flying home to Cebu and the business trips—where sightseeing and some fun stuff are tightly squeezed into the itinerary.

I’ve never gone on a real vacation. This, I realized as I was cruising through the winding terrain of Palawan and my brain slipped out and slid under the car seat. The car jostled and so did my brain.

So, this year I’m taking a vacation. Where that will be, I don’t know. But it’s going to be a real vacation that will not be spent at home or at work, but somewhere else—somewhere new, unknown, and different. I’m hell bent on making this happen.

Here’s to living a little, even for just a bit.

As I think about trying to get a real vacation and my brain finally tries to settle, I’m reminded of my life theme for the year: “letting go.”

I’ve stopped making New Year’s resolutions, because I think they’re a hoax. My success rates have been pretty low in the past. So I’ve settled on creating life themes—how to live your year.

For 2014, I’ve settled for “letting go.”

By “letting go,” I mean letting go and really living life—doing the things that your heart desires, going to the place where you’re called to go, and embracing life as it is. And for once, there’s no holding back, worrying about the small or big stuff—just doing a lot of living, a lot of doing, and a lot of going to places.

It’ll take a lot of work to actually get the whole “letting go” concept done, but I’m starting to think that it’s possible.

As I think about, it’s about making decisions of living life—and you know, really living. It’ll be defined by those moments of letting your hair down, rolling up your jeans, stepping into puddles, laughing out loud, and just letting everything go.

Sounds pretty awesome, if you ask me.

What about you, for this year, what’s your life theme?

(A big Pit Senyor shout out to all of you! I’m sure yesterday was a blast!)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 21, 2014.


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