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My 3rd novel wasn’t meant to be a sequel to the 2nd novel in the first place. Then something happened. Characters began to beg to be included in the story. Thus, a sequel was born.

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Rid The Old For New To Come

Submitted by on December 27, 2009 – 02:53No Comment

The OLD must go before the NEW can come. In the process, you may have to go through emotional rides of hope and despair, excitement and grief. However, it’s all part and parcel of leaping to the next level. Good things don’t come out of nothing. Most good things come with sacrifices.

You walk into a friend’s new home and everything looks perfect. The way the curtains flow, the furniture are being arranged, the colour scheme, the pretty decors and the cosy comfort you feel. You tell yourself that this is what you want to achieve one day. It doesn’t seem hard. All it takes is a little money, energy, time and effort. Hold on, you can even do it to your current room. Just give it a mini makeover, that should work.

The big day comes and with determination, you begin to sort things out to create your dream room. Happy happy, excited excited… Then suddenly you realised, “Hey, I have to get rid of some of the stuff so that I’ll have more space to feel comfortable.” The matter is these are the items you have been keeping for so long in your closet, some of them have already been forgotten. You can do without them but it just feels good to have them around. Now what?

Here’s the trick: Just get rid of things you know you will never use for the next one year. The last time we moved over to our current apartment from a double storey house, I was reluctant to get rid of a lot of things but I still did. As months passed by, I realised that I should have gotten rid more things such as the blue ribbon I swore would come in handy one day (except that the one day may turn out to be five years down the road) or the boxes I thought would make good gift holders when birthdays draw near (except that the presents never seem to be in the right size to fit).

Saying goodbye is hard, especially when things revolve stuff such as the pink bear you have been hugging for years since you were three or the bottle caps you used to collect in school. But life has got to move on. If old things don’t go, will we find space for new ones? For new exciting better ones?

This New Year, let the OLD be memories, let the NEW bring hope. It is afterall the beginning of a brand new year; what better time to refresh your life and lead the lifestyle which you have been talking about all year long. Happy New Year, people!

Originally written by Gina Yap Lai Yoong © 2007

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