Year 2013: Looking through the next twelve months ahead

Full of Hope

After the much anticipated ‘End of the World’ prophecies last year 2012, the year 2013 is but another next twelve months to look forward to.

Plans, resolutions and other unfinished businesses are part of the agenda an individual must meticulously think and do. Any mistakes should be corrected and whatever alteration must be reconciled.

Everyone must be a perfectionist, in the sense that we are competing with ourselves in order to make our best be recognized by larger crowd or audience.

Take for instance, here on HubPages, questions that are mushrooming at the Forum always point to one’s expectations of the year to come.

With that signal, I had to alter my course in order to be part of more lucrative deeds that will benefit my family.

Travel Man as cook on board ship during New Year's celebration (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)
Travel Man as cook on board ship during New Year's celebration (Photo Source: Ireno A. Alcala)

My priorities this year

Speaking of priorities, I’m not only thinking of generating money this year but also considering trimming down on my voyages via my contract as a seafarer.

Factors that can hinder my personal plans as God’s Hands are already working in our family are the following:

  1. Health – My ailing mother who was just confined at the local hospital before Christmas prompted me to shorten my contract and decided to resign from my job as a traveling seaman. Most of my sisters are already married and my only living brother is also working overseas. This is a very loud call for me to give back to the one who brought me into this world, even though at first, she attempted to abort me due to the pressure of a growing family during that time. At least I was able to enjoy the light of this world and still grateful that I am able to show my mother that her revelation about my life would be able to bring me into some successes that made her and my father proud.
  2. DIY Projects – With the high costs of construction materials, I decided to scout for reusable ones as I want to repair worn-out parts of our home. Since, all of us are working, nobody is left at home except my deaf-mute eldest sister who also need close attention and assistance for her medication.
  3. Vegetarianism – This is connected with the failing health of my mother. God is always gracious as He sent one believer who promotes meatless dishes on board ship. I want to extend this help in pursuing my mother to eat more vegetables and meatless dishes in order to recuperate from the threat that can cost her life soon. Since, I am self-declared ‘green thumb’ I well double time generating local produce that can help prolong the life of my mom.
  4. Reunion – Hosting an alumni homecoming at my high school Alma Mater is a tedious task that needs concentration and dedication. I’m going to be part of this grand task this year, as I was the governor of our batch. The commitment and logistics are needed to make the homecoming a success.

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Optimism ahead

I don’t need to add hubbing as one of my priorities this year, because it is already given that my resolutions rely heavily on being published at this site.

I am grateful that whatever ideas that popped up in my mind are woven into hubs showcasing optimism.

Yes, it must and will be my goal this year…OPTIMISM.

I really needed that kind of motivation.

I don’t need to lose hope, just because my mother is in dire need of delicate attention.

I already hollered this plan to one of my sisters. Guess what she replied?

“It’s your decision.”

So, I’m going to be alone with my plans. No, I think Unseen Hands of the Almighty will always help me in times of need.

I need clear and steadfast decision.

That’s what He had given me.


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agusfanani 3 years ago from Indonesia

I hope that you'll be successful with your resolutions and priorities you want to achieve in 2013.


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@agusfanani: God willing, it will be realized in due time this year.

Thank you for dropping by. :)


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earthbound1974 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

This is a very good plan of yours, bro. Count me in if you need assistance, when you feel that you can't go on with your goals.


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@earthbound1974: Thank you for the anticipation. I really need help if I will accomplish those goals of mine this year. I'll still do the dirty work and lots of planning and persuasion that I'll not be lazy in the middle of all these.


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thesailor 3 years ago from Seven Seas

What a concise plan you have here. I wish that you'll not miss all your targets or goals this year.

Your faith in God will make it possible.


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@thesailor: I'm keeping my fingers crossed, coupled with anticipation as I accomplish it one by one. Any hindrances that may come, I will have to switch on my plan B in order to deal with it.

Yes, it's always in God's hands. Thanks, sailor.;)


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storyteller1st 3 years ago from savannah

DON'T TALK ABOUT IT BE ABOUT IT...LIKE NIKE SAID JUST DO IT...


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@storyteller1st: I'M NOT NIKE. I'M A TALKING HUMAN BEING. SO, I'LL TALK ABOUT IT, BEFORE I DO IT.


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storyteller1st 3 years ago from savannah

I can understand...What I meant to imply is you have those that are doers and those who just talk a good one...YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN DON'T YOU, YEAH OF COURSE YOU DO...


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@storyteller1st: OK. NOTED. THANKS FOR NOT SINGLING ME OUT. THERE ARE OTHERS, TOO WHO MAKE BLAH-BLAH WITH PLANS BUT CAN'T DO IT ANYWAY. MAYBE, LOGISTICS, HUH?


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Wow, the comments started out peaceful, and they ended with yelling! Ouch, my ears!

People should always think before they act. I like planning, reflecting and thinking things over before I take action.

Good luck with this year, travel man. And I wish you mother good health.


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Kathryn Stratford: Sorry for the yelling part. I'm just talking about my resolutions and answered him back through BOLD LETTERS (lol). He started it and as if he's shouting made me some kind of deaf who's just dreamy on my wish-list. He never understood that I'm talking LOUD about my activities, so that I'll have goals to achieve this year.

Pardon me for losing my COOL, just a little.

I just can't tolerate an irksome hubber who always leave posts like that.

Maybe, he's also having problems these days.

It's good thing you acted as an arbiter between us.

Thanks for clearing my clouded mind on this hub. It's greatly appreciated. :)


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

I understand, I would lose my cool if someone were "yelling" at me, too!

You're welcome :)


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Kathryn Stratford:Thank you again. I will make it a point to keep my cool if ever I encounter a similar hubber, leaving LOUD comments on my hubs (lol!).


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica

I wish a speedy recovery for your mom. You are a real family man. Keep strong.


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@rasta1: Thank you for the sympathy. She's much better now and every Sunday, she's into Bible-study.

She's now headed to the right direction and her health is getting better.


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

@travel man, it is great to hear that your mother is doing better!


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Kathryn Stratford: Thank you for the concern. She's now a renewed individual, I mean at her age (senior years), she's still able to accomplish her plans with the help of the Lord.

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