2021 Week 30 Update

Today marks month number eight, August and 2021 is running so fast, before we know it, we’ll be in 2022.

Today’s quote has been said by many and the one I have is attributed to Robin Sharma and it says that impossible is just an opinion and one should not buy into that opinion. In this world filled with billions, it’s very easy to believe that one individual cannot make a dent in it. It’s just easier to say something is impossible, difficult or unlikely rather than do something that will remain in perpetuity. But everyone can make a difference, even if it is a tiny one and every single individual who has achieved something has done that because they have this belief that they can make a difference. This is why impossible is just the opinion of some and one need not ascribe to that notion. Ultimately, the individual has to decide what’s impossible, and if nothing is, then everything is possible!

When 2021 started, I decided to have a goal of walking from my home in Singapore to my home in Mumbai, a distance of about 6750 km. I knew immediately that I will not be able to finish this in one year, because to do that, I would need to walk more than 20 km each day. So I thought I should do this over two years and then this week I realised that given how much I am walking daily may not even let me achieve it by December 2022. So, I have to walk more daily, which is what I have been doing for the past few days.  As of yesterday, I have walked all across Malaysia and in Thailand, I have walked across the provinces of Songkhla, Phattalung, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, Chumpon, Prachuap Khiri Khan and am in the northern part of the province of Phetchaburi, slightly short of the province of Ratchaburi and the borders of Myanmar are less than 400 km. I am also 350 km less of achieving my 2021 goal of walking 2021 km.

I am also reading, though not as much as I would like to, Netflix taking up much of my time. I am really enjoying some of the documentaries there, but that’s a story for another day. I’ve read about 75% of my reading goal for the year. I also realised that when a book grabs my attention, I am reading all the time, but the converse is also true that when I am not enthralled by a book, it takes me ages to finish it. So my goal for the rest of the year is to read maybe ten percent of a book and if it does not grab my attention, then I will give it up and start a new book. Maybe this will work in getting my reading up to speed.

BB & GG are busy with school and their third semester exam schedule has been posted. Both are now studying hard, hopefully and I pray they do well in school. GG has also signed up for some accountancy bootcamp and exam and will become busy with it.

In Singapore, 76% of the population received at least 1 dose with 57% of the population has completed both doses. Worldwide about 15% of the population has had at least one dose of the vaccine with Mainland China at 16%, India at 7.5% and the US at 50%. With highly transmissible variants floating around, it’s better to be safe, even if you are vaccinated.

Please be safe and wear masks even if you are vaccinated as you never know when you could be infected. That’s all from me this week, see you next week.

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