It's funny how things work out sometime.
With only one and a half months left in Hong Kong, I had been planning a last AWESOME trip to Korea to end my half year of travels. This was going to be the creme de la crop. All my closest friends know I have not-so-secret ambitions of becoming a korean pop-star and this trip was going to help me make it. (Or at least give me some eye candy for a couple of days).
But then Thailand happened. I became wary of traveling and I was/am really disappointed in myself for being so naive and gullible. I became scared of parting with hard-earned dollars. I became guilty for playing so much and not being productive enough.
So though my friends tried their darned hardest to convince me to go, using lines like, "we'll never hang out like this back in LA" and "money you can always earn back but memories are priceless" (and it worked, I swear I was swayed for a good long time!), in the end, I decided not to purchase my plane ticket.
I was still debating over this up until about an hour ago when I received a phone call from my mama. She sounded tired. We exchanged the usual pleasantries and then she casually dropped in the fact that she was going to have surgery a couple of weeks from now.
Ok, so the surgery is not that serious but surgery is surgery. (unless if it is, say, bunion surgery or eyelid surgery then maybe it's not that serious but even then, you'd have my utmost support.) So when I heard that she'll have to stick around Shanghai for at least another couple of weeks, I immediately told her I can fly to Shanghai and visit her for a couple of days. Normally, my mom would decline saying she'll see me in just a month but this time, she immediately said yes. So it is definitely the right thing to do. AND I GET TO SEE MY MOMMY BEFORE JANUARY!
The irony in all this is definitely not lost on me. For the Korea trip, even though my friends were using all these convincing and appealing points to tell me why I should go and even though I really really do want to go, something in my gut held me back. I know everything happens for a reason and now, I think I see what that reason was for.
Oh God, you are so wise. I thank you for your endless guidance and aide in times of hardship and unhappiness. You have only shown me once again that everything has a purpose and only time will reveal what that purpose is. I know I am impatient in so many ways but once again, you have taught me that immediate gratification will never fill the longing in my soul. I need so much more. I need You.