2015 – The year that was

As yet another joyride came to an end, I see myself smiling at a whole bunch of fond memories. In the last week, my feed has been filled with people reminiscing the year that was. While some thanked the heavens for a great year, some were glad it was over. For me, it was a bit of both. The former because of how much I’d grown in just a year and the latter as an excuse for a new start.

2015 has been a royal mix, one with extreme highs and lows. Last January, I would never have imagined being where I am today. It’s been sober, it’s been crazy, it’s been happy, it’s been sad. But it’s also been among the best years of my life. None of my expectations match today’s reality but maybe what was meant to be is. 2015 changed me as a person for the better. It left me with lessons for life…the important ones.

2015 taught me that work is a wonder
While most of my friends were still away at college, I found a school of my own at work. I learnt that hard work pays off and that you’re never too young to ideate or lead. I learnt that logic always finds its way through chaos. I learnt how to be social in a confined work setting and have fun too. Most importantly, I learnt how people from different walks of life, generations and mind spaces can find common ground.

2015 taught me that love can be lost
We tend to associate true love with the years spent together rather than how we feel about the person. We overlook what is because of what has been or was. Being in a relationship for over seven to ten years doesn’t always make it the right one and I learnt that it’s okay to have your heart broken when it doesn’t feel right.

2015 taught me that it’s okay to ask for help
You can’t do it all alone, not everything anyway. Every once in a while, you need advice to keep you from drowning. You need a hand to cross that bridge you’re afraid of. You need a friend to tell you how it is, because can’t always be right. You need that shoulder to cry on. You need guidance because you can’t shape your life alone.

2015 taught me that it’s okay to take the leap and put myself first
There’s no better time than now for an idea that’s on your mind. There’s no better time than now for a decision to be made. There’s no better time than now for a battle to be fought. Find what you love and put it out there for the world to see because people are always looking. In the last year, I was exposed to communities world over that shared interests, told their stories, and loved what I love. And that’s the beautiful thing about the Internet, it opens you up to viewers, critics, inspiration and motivation.

2015 taught me that people change and there’s nothing you can do about it
As others changed, so did I. We moved on with our own lives, made different choices, stood for different values and principles, some stayed close and some drifted away. I learnt that just like seasons, people too, should change in your life. This exposes you to different points of view, and just like the seasons, each new person has their own important role to play in your life.

2015 taught me that differences don’t last forever
Having different ideologies doesn’t always stand in the way of good friendships and I was lucky to see and experience that last year.

Most importantly, 2015 taught me to appreciate the good instead of mulling over negative experiences. So here’s my list of the great things that happened to me in the year that was…

I completed two and a half years as a full-time professional and earned a postgraduate diploma at 22
I found purpose, on professional and personal fronts
I took the leap and started an official blog
I gifted my family an international vacation
I met Ed Sheeran and experienced magic
I stopped shying away from karaoke
I spent more time with art and writing and rose above a dark phase
I made some wonderful friends over the year
I helped people fight demons and in turn, fought my own
I made many mistakes and learnt from them
I made magic in my own right!