Just Turned 34

Hi there,

I just turned 34 a few days ago. My life in the past year was quite unexpected. I got my current job offer on my birthday last year. Since then, things turned out positively despite the time under the pandemic. I got to move to start a new life in a new city. It was like I pressed a restart button to take a second chance.

One of the reasons that made me give up on my life back then was that I simply had no reason to stay. It was because of the pandemic, all the stress from work, and all the stale relationships with surrounding people and friends. I suffered mentally a lot and didn’t know what and how I would be if I didn’t get this second chance. It was difficult, unpleasant and unhealthy. Leaving was probably the only option.

Anyhow, so far, my second chance was all good. I was quite happy with where I was. There were ups and downs as usual but I felt that I could still manage. It was not easy and I didn’t expect it to be. It had been 34 years already and I never felt that life would get easier in any way. It just got harder and more complicated. 

Making friends was probably one of the hardest things in this land because I’m not native and couldn’t speak the language (not yet!). Though I was very lucky to be surrounded by nice local people and colleagues. I also was very grateful to the Thai circle that I got in contact with. They just kept me busy and happy.

Here are some of my favourite people. Too bad I didn’t have any photo of the friends in Thai circle here.

Here is my relay gang (Adis, Viktor, Felicia, Carolina, Eva-Heidi). We did a relay race in Stafettvarvet 2022.
My navigation gang (Adis, me, Viktor, Victor) at Victor’s birthday.
Chavarom, Erik and me with ice-cream on Friday afternoon.
My little birthday present from Erik.
“and then you should also have some moments where you just sit and stare”
Last but not least, some choux pastry for the birthday cake.

Well, that all should make my good birthday this year already :)

Take care,

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