twenty-seventeen has almost come to an end in a few hours. You might think I am currently having fun with my friends in the lounge, having some drinks, laughing over the past, and thinking about our 2018 resolutions. No, I am not. I am just sitting here in the middle of the stairs, writing down my very last blogpost which I have thought about for a long time.
But let’s talk about today first, I went out with my high school friends, catching things up and reminiscing the old times. Truth be told, we have been friends since primary school.
This is Abdul, he used to be really chubby and squishy but he has made a lot of transformation.
This is Alin the sweetest, she has always been the same girl next door I have always known.
We had lunch and gelato together. Everything felt wonderful though the weather was crying but it did not hold us to have some gelato precisely.
We talked a lot. Past. Present. Future. Everything in between.
Please do not get me wrong about writing this as my last blogpost, all riddles always have an answer in the end, right? Before everything else, I would like to make a tribute that lasts forever in my memory. A tribute that I went through in 2017 with the amalgam of joy, tears, tense, excitement, or even something that I could not even describe of. I think I would start my tribute from my lifetime passion as content creator, passionate undergraduate student of Public Relations, fashion and travel enthusiast, philanthropist, and myself as myself.
That clips above are the screenshots of my very first episode of #HerJournal. My first episode was super awkward because I did not feel comfortable talking to myself in front of camera. Until now, to be honest. Haha!
2017 is the year where I started my side career in videography. I remember my struggle to get my first mirror less camera by pushing myself to achieve above 3.5 GPA whilst I knew I was completely caught up with many projects and organizations and that was the time where I became super pessimistic. But somehow when it’s meant to be, it will be. I finally got it by my own sweat!
And by that time, I have been keen enough to finally produced some video projects such as #HerJournal vlogs, “Flora and Fauna” visual poetry for Fauna Land Ecopark Ancol, “the words i hope you never have to hear” short documentary film, Clean and Clear Short Ads, Look Book for #LAHI and many more since I am really passionate with filmmaking and also because I like to watch videos of Jay Alvarrez, Sam Kolder, Beautiful Destinations, Connor Franta, I always wish that I can have a great talent like them in time.
Since then, one of the milestones that I have been dreaming of in 2017 has been finally achieved by winning the first best position of Vlogging Class in Clean and Clear because of my short documentary film “the words i hope you never have to hear” and its behind the scene.
I am really glad that my work is slowly being recognized by public and one thing that has led me to become JanSport Campus Ambassador Indonesia from my long night of editing, compiling, and narrating for the video submission. I always have to realize that things happen when we are eager enough to achieve it thus the universe can help us in achieving it.
2017 is also the year where I started to feel my blogging career is slowly recognized. I got my very first fashion show invitation to Jakarta Fashion Week 2018. VIP Class! I was invited by Cotton Ink and they also gave me two pair of clothes which I love the most. These little things are something that I am truly grateful of. From that moment, I have finally become a content contributor for Clean and Clear website where I feel that my writing skill is appreciated again by people.
Not only that, I also remember my very first international internship would be with Development Innovation Insider that produces Change Magazine where my first article about sexual violence is finally published worldwide. Since then, I believe every single thing that you write comes purely from your heart because when your mouth cannot speak, words speak.
2017 is also the witness for my very first experience stepping my feet on the mountain to watch sunrise in Bromo Mountain and my very first time watching Kecak Traditional Dance directly in Uluwatu Temple. Here are some vlogs that you might want to see how I spent my days savoring the beauty of Indonesia.
2017 is the witness of my journey in realizing my attempt to be at least an influential good student in my university. President Model United Nations 2017 would actually be my very last MUN Competition and that was the first time for me to finally realize that you do things for yourself not for anyone, without feeling forced.
But then again about my last MUN competition, who knows that somebody would change my mind eventually? Moreover, I never knew that I actually could fit in to one of the most competitive competition, Unilever Future Leaders’ League 2017. Nobody knows that I spent the whole night without sleeping for the video submission and I am really grateful that I could meet amazing people that have changed the way I see life into something really positive.
Lastly, 2017 is the witness of me growing as myself. I am grateful to meet all of the people I have become friends with in every single year. Regardless they come and go, I will always try to find something that I can learn from them and that is the point where I could slowly shape myself into somebody I hope can be influential for a lot of people.
However, I am wondering what your thoughts are after reading this far. ‘Feeling awed?’ or ‘Oh, Chia is bragging!’ or ‘nothing at all’. I hope you remember I said this earlier,
“all riddles always have an answer in the end, right?”
If you are aware of what I am saying, scroll back up and gather up the red bold sentences. From that, I hope you can fill those sentences with your own words which will be become your 2018 resolutions. Do not feel odd with the past tense I used there. I hope you would proudly say it in the end of 2018 because you have achieved the dreams you have always dreamed of.
Thank you very much for reading this far. I almost finished my 365 pages of 2017 in a few minutes, and I am about to reach the end of the last sentences. And here we go, I am going to close the book and I hope this very last blogpost of 2017 will be giving you power to be very much alive in 2018. Be someone who is passionate in doing what you are doing, no matter what people think about you, you cannot always please everyone in the room. Happy New Year 2018!