Because I said Yes.

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Got back from Jordan a couple of days ago and wow, what an experience it was.

Words can’t really describe the journey for me, but hopefully the pictures can do a better job at that. I’m still uploading them up to my flickr account and will be putting up the slideshows here once they are done.

I love how when you’re travelling you seem to be able to pack so much in your life in just a couple of days. I really need to get that motivation everyday here as well.

My training mate Peter, who’s an Irish sprint hurdler who studied at Loughborough, invited me along for the trip as his girlfriend was from Jordan and along with a few other friends they were there to attend a wedding.

Funny thing is that Peter came to Loughborough a few years back with the exact same idea that I had, which was to train and get good enough for the Olympics. Both of us didn’t exactly have the smoothest of times and are currently not where we hoped to be. But still we have become great friends and this is my 3rd trip overseas with him. This trip was the best of them all I would say, for somehow things got from amazing to unbelievable.

So unbelievable that sometimes I had to ask ‘Peter, what are we doing floating around in the Dead Sea watching the sunset?’ or ‘Peter, what are we doing in the middle of the desert watching the heavens above us?’

‘Yong, because you said yes.’

Before I went for the trip my parents were worried about the unrest in the region and didn’t particularly understand why I wanted to go if there’s any risk, but I guess sometimes you got to see things for yourself instead of listening to what most people say.

Jordan’s an absolutely amazing place with an amazing landscape with great people around.

Yes there are risks in this world and we do our best to minimise them, but just because there are risks, doesn’t mean it should stop you from participating in life.

After all, we all are going to pass on someday, it’s not a matter of if but a matter of when.

You might as well make the most out of it whilst you can.

‘All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world’- Gandalf

Laying on the desert and watching the milky way turn in the night sky (caused by the rotation of the Earth) made me realise that we are just a very small part of a very big universe and that there are many things beyond our control or imagination.

So just as Gandalf said, sometimes we got to put our worries aside and just decide on what to do and do it, the rest will figure itself out.

‘I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.’ – Douglas Adams

10 more months, that’s it, there’s always an end to a story.

Let’s make it a good one shall we?

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