Just over a week to go and 2014
will eventually come to an end. Can you believe it? I surely can’t. Well,
alright, I can but don’t really want to. I mean with the curtains being drawn
on 2014 another year of my life comes to an end, another year lost. But then
again, maybe not.
has been quite a year so far and there are still a few days
left in it. And who knows what could happen in that time? A week after all is enough
for a lot of things to change.
If you ask me how to describe my 2014
I would have to say that it has been a mixed bag of a year so far
. A lot of ups
and downs. A lot of obstacles undoubtedly. But then again an equal measure of
happiness and progress. The optimist in me wants to stay with the positive
affirmations, and hence see it as a year well-spent.
A lot of things transpired this
year and maybe it would be wise to weigh the positives as well as the negatives
to see the final picture. The former to count those pieces of good fortune and the
latter, again, to count those boons which helped in coming out of one difficult
situation after the other. Perhaps, I could paint a picture of with my words,
to read again at a later point in the future.
This year was a lot of things for
me; some good while some bad. But a year that I'll definitely remember.
I discovered within me, as before, a
deep reserve of strength while alone. For me this was one of the best aspects
about this year. Those months alone reaffirmed my faith in myself. Yes, I did
get lonely at times but I didn't make S or anyone else drop everything they
were doing to come and keep me company. This, I must tell you, is a feeling I
People say long distance
relationships don’t survive but S and I have over the years, both before and
after marriage, spent several months away from each other but if anything our
rapport has only emerged stronger, each time. And this year too was no
different. The distance only cemented our bond further and we are proud of it.
It wasn't easy but then the best things in life aren't!
Health was quite a bit of a concern
this year. Mom and Dad’s health issues, Mom’s operations, one followed by an
unexpected other; all of these thrust us, head on, towards some extremely difficult
times. It wasn't easy. And I won’t say I was prepared for it or that I didn't
let it affect me. It did and very seriously too. But the time has passed now
and my parents are fine, getting better every day (touch-wood!). So a new lesson
learnt, a lesson to treasure periods without disasters and to not sulk over
minor issues at the drop of a hat. A crucial experience that has made me wiser
and definitely stronger.
My dream of visiting Europe came
true this year with S taking me to some of the places on my travel wish list.
It was something S and I did for ourselves after a long, long time and it made us
happy, content in many ways. These trips were a welcome relief from the usual rigmarole
of life, and certainly made for memories to cherish forever.
And then some quality time with my
sister, 2014 gave me that too. It had been quite some time since I had spent an
extended holiday or even time with her. This year after her transfer to
Bangalore I got to spend almost 2 months, all with her, just like old times and
need I say I loved every bit of it?
I think 2014 gave me a lot more
than it took away. Yes, there are certain threads which need mending, certain pieces
of life’s puzzle which make me anxious, all due to turns I was forced to take this
year. But overall I think I can still walk away from 2014 with a smile.
I don’t know what 2015 has in store
for me but then I’m sure it won’t be too bad either. That is perhaps the least I can hope for. And
if it does come up with undesirable blows, well, I’ll face them with as much vigor
as I possibly can. I do have some plans for 2015 but only time will tell if I’m
able to realize any. Meanwhile, I’ll just keep ticking things off my day to day
So tell me how was your 2014? Your
take away from it? And what do you wish for 2015?