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Five Years 五年

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Menai Strait from Caernarfon, North Wales

Menai Strait from Caernarfon, North Wales

As of last week, this blog (in its various incarnations) is five years old.

I’ve written these sort of ‘review’ posts before. True to my interest of graphical representation of data, even made a WordCloud out of it last year. However, five seems to be a far more significant number than any other previously. Perhaps because it is halfway to a decade, or just because we’re all used it counting in fives instead of three-and-a-halfs. Even if ultimately all units of time are arbitrary enough.

Five years is an important milestone, those that encourage you to pause and reflect on the past (“five-year-plans”, eh?) Much is different in the times since I wrote a few short and pointless lines on the weather and complaints about school five years ago. The world around me has changed and I’ve changed fundamentally along with it. Or, always the pushover, changed according to it.

However, unlike myself, this blog hasn’t undergone a sea change. For sure, the contents, the web-hosting, the quality and effort have wavered at best. However, as I continue to type away from the keyboard, dwelling on stuff varying in popularity but consistently pointless, the joy of writing (if I can even call it as such) has not disappeared from me yet. I hadn’t imagined that this blog would have lasted this long. And I shall go on.

Looking back, there has been many moments of regret, many things that I would have done differently, many things that could have facilitated everything else. Yet these are all balanced out many other wondrous people and things that one can only be thankful that they’ve ever happened at all.

If the past five years had taught me anything, it is this: one ought not to take things they have for granted, and should instead be thankful for the fact that they are there after all. Of course, there are legitimate concerns that one holds dear but seem trivial to others, and there is no need to reduce everything to ‘you have all this, why are you complaining?’. But as we strive on in the pursuit and brighter and better things, I ought to remind myself of all the good things that I have.

Which leads me back to the blog. My 2016 new year resolution is a renewed effort this blog if just to find out where I can take it to. The first quarter (quarter. Sounds so much like a company report) has treated me well – and I am thankful for it. As for the future here, I’ll do what I can and then… hope for the best.

Thanks for all your support throughout the years. I hope you’ll stay?

p.s. Written on the way to North Wales. Circumstances have changed that travelling – like that to Kansai which began all this – hasn’t been as frequent or exotic as I hoped. Still, this should be great fun, and you can look forward to reading all about it. Months later as per tradition.

本部落格五週年,上週剛過。

寫這類總結的文章是本blog填quota的常事,昨天還無無聊聊的弄了個文字雲。只是「五」感覺是個很關鍵的數字:大概因是日常數數都用五和十作單位吧。雖說所有單位其實都是很抽象的說。

五年是個重要的,會讓你停停回望過去的里程碑。五年以前的第一篇文章,是在無聊的吐糟天氣。五年之間,世界改變的很多,而我也肯定的接著改變了。甚至因世界而改變。

不過,這部落格不變的還在。誠然,寫作的風格,文章的質素,網站的地址等等都是有好有壞。可是在我繼續在在鍵盤前打著人氣不定但肯定無聊的文章時,那種喜悅還持續著。五年前不可能想到,直到現在還會繼續在部落格上說故事,但我會繼續的。

回望以往,後悔的遺憾的,若重來的話做法不一樣的事情很多。不過,與之相比的,奇妙的人奇妙的事,同樣的不少。有時只能暗暗的慶幸,有緣作為這些好事情的一份子。

若過去五年教曉了我一件事,那就是這樣:不可把已有的都視作理所當然,反而應該對這些事情的出現而感恩。當然,不如人意的事會總會持續,而這些你覺得大過天的問題可能都很瑣碎-英文所謂的「第一世界問題」”first-world problem”。但在追逐更好的東西的時候,我大概也需要提提自己,已有的好事。

2016年的新願望,是對這裡認真點,看看可以達到什麼高度。本年的第一季度(聽起來像公司業績報告)還不賴。至於未來,我會盡力的做,之後還只能希望在明天了。

感謝各位數年來的支持。我會繼續的。

p.s.寫在往北威爾斯的列車上。本部落始於一組關西遊記,那時常說一定要周圍去:理實當然另有想法。不過,本次大概會是這種旅程的序幕吧。遊記會照本部落家風在數月後送上。

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