• Hien

Slow Down

Updated: Jan 10

I book a ride on a motorbike, the driver arrives, and we ride through the masses of scooters, tree lined streets, mixes of old and new architecture, and street vendors. I smell a strong, overpowering smell of street food, coffee, incense, and exhaust.

I feel the energy, the heat and the noise. This has been a part of my everyday life since I'm back in Ho Chi Minh City.

Yes, I'm now back in Ho Chi Minh City, and is working an office job at the moment.

If you've been reading or following my personal journey, you’ll remember how much I love the idea of starting my own garden. Thank you again for your support and encouragement, I'm forever grateful for that. Now that when I’m back in office work, I want to write this essay to update you why.

I started my career in the library field. I fully enjoyed the journey, but after several years working in education environment, I thought it was time to move on. At the time, I was right. What I didn’t foresee was that the world would have plan to pull me back. When I decided to change, I didn't plan enough. There're factors that impossible to see in details after only a quick glance. The farm project was too big for me to handle by myself, plus resource-constraint, and whether it’s true or not, there’s the perception that an office job offers more stability.

In between this awkward back and forth transitions of my life, I choose to slow down and take the time to reflect. In the short time learning to self-directed, and managing my own time, I got the chance to know myself pretty good. I’ve found things that I don't like about myself, and realised but there’s things about myself that I didn't know I had. I've learned that patience is key for me (hope I'll remember). Although my time in the start-up trial was short, I still feel proud that I gave it a try. My decision to go back to the workplace seems like a better option for me (for now).

My dear friends, this essay doesn't end here. I want you to know that I still keep my vision for the garden, and will continue working on it. Just take it slow, take it easy, and probably, try to smile more.

©2020 by Hien Minh Tran.