I have been neglecting this blog. Not that I am one to encourage excuses, but the first quarter of the year was extraordinarily busy for me.
The Year of the Horse (my year) started off rainy. Very rainy. Nevertheless, we performed in the rain, and did shows for almost a week straight. It was a special year for the Temple, as we received a proclamation from the Mayor of Orlando for Wah Lum Day! It was wonderful to see my father recognized for all of the years of promoting the Chinese culture in Central Florida.
The following months that followed were very difficult for me, as my uncle became terminally ill. My Uncle Victor is my mom’s older brother, and closest to her in age. My new role for the following months would be taking care of him and looking after him to the best of my abilities. Over the last year, I had been accompanying my Aunt and Uncle to the doctor to take notes and help inform the family members that could not be there. The past couple of months, I stayed by his side with him in hospice, and sometimes that meant overnight. It was a very difficult time for me. I am usually focused on my work, teaching at the temple, kung fu, the film, and running a business. All of those things were on hold. I can’t explain it, but I felt a calling to do this … and I couldn’t bare to leave his side. It was difficult, exhaustive, and emotional. My Uncle passed away on March 13, and the funeral was the following weekend. I delivered my first eulogy. It was an honor, but it was daunting. Although I was consumed with sadness, I felt relief for my uncle… relief that his suffering had ended and that we were able to spend priceless time with him before he left us. I still feel sad when I think about him, but then I remember how he made us laugh much more than cry in his lifetime. It is still a work in progress.
I returned to teaching and of course getting on track with the film. I am relieved to report that I finally finished the blu-ray and dvd, so that we can share the film with everyone. In the coming months, I hope to have more distribution options available as well. I am very proud of this film.
Life is short, and I feel compelled to do as much I can with the little time we are given. I want to enrich lives with kung fu, I want inspire through film… I want to feel more laughter in my life than sadness, and so much more. Every once in a while, life sends us a message and puts things in perspective. As difficult as it can be, I am grateful for the reminder and the opportunity to appreciate the important things in life.