As yet another year comes to an end, I can’t help but be thankful for some of the fondest memories. 2013 in particular has been brilliant and by far the best year of my life.
Starting off the year to a countdown amidst a few hundred people, I didn’t think the year would shape up this way. While I thought New Years would begin with a bang, dancing the night away; it was in fact a quiet affair. Riding along the silent and cold roads of Goa, breaking dawn at a cliff that overlooked the place I spent most of my life in, with a person who today means the world to me. Standing there at that time, I didn’t think for a second 2013 would end this way. But it surely has been a blessed year for many reasons. New years set the tone for a silent yet wonderful year. One that was filled with spontaneous and wonderful moments.
Leaving college for some is painful. For me, it was yet another beginning. The last few months of college were a blast with some of the craziest people you could ever meet (and by crazy I mean wild-funloving-goofy-amazing beings). From parties to long late lectures, going on the wild side and doing the unexpected, gossiping and fashion, making friends for life and living it up Like A Boss!!! Little did I know, I’d have the best class in TY. A group of different but really cool people. Simply put – they were (are) the shizzz!
And then came the best holiday I’ve EVER had. Three best friends out for a week by ourselves, having the time of our lives – cause it’s now or never. A pact that started off as a joke which eventually materialised and turned out to be the best week we’ve had in forever. Sleeping in all day and partying all night. 20 year olds, taking buses and travelling around. Spraining an ankle and walking the distance. Watching the sunset and breaking dawn together. Walking for hours and not minding it. Yelling and dancing, hugging and kissing. One week with the two bestest friends in the world.
Suddenly I find myself back in Goa, and I still didn’t know what urged me to go back. Something somewhere. It was definitely the best random call I’ve taken. I still don’t know what I was thinking or whether I was thinking at all, but I guess some of the best decisions are made this way (or so I would like to tell myself). Over a month, enjoying the sand and sun, and I’m back the happiest girl. Reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. Standing straight till dawn and passing out the entire day later. The highlight was of course celebrating a certain someone’s birthday in a simple yet special way, watching the sunset (and a breathtaking view that was). I was back to my old life in way, back to Goa for a really long time. Home will always be home, no matter where in the world you settle down. This summer brought me happiness, it brought me love. A love I truly cherish. It’s amazing how some relationships just grow over time, and while they do you learn so much about yourself. You can never predict how long it will last, but for as long as it does it’s the best thing to happen to you.
Back to Bombay, back to the grind. Back to the buildings and concrete sites. Suddenly, it’s graduation night. Yeah, that took a while to sink in. Twenty years went by and before I knew it, I’m out of college. A college that changed me as a person, that changed my way of life, that at so many levels added more meaning to my life. Time was running at the pace of Bolt or faster. Soon it’s time to get a job and you’re still not sure where you really fit in. Let alone what you really want.
Chance sometimes works wonders. Everyone dreams of a first-good-job. I got mine. Post college we’re scared of what awaits us and where we’re headed. From a protected environment to being out in the open where everyone wants to grab your seat. Was it fate or luck, I’ll never know but six months down and I’m still beaming. A boss who’s more like a friend and colleagues who make work seem a lot like home. What more could one ask for?
To sum it up, 2013 gave me things that are priceless. 365 days spent with family and friends have gone by with a few downs but many ups. It’s never a joy ride but it comes down to what you choose to remember. And while there have been a few let downs, the good times shine right out.
This New Years I don’t know where I’ll be. But to a certain someone out there, you know who you are, thank you for being part of my life. Thank you for this wonderful year. And even though we’re miles apart, I hope 2014 only gets better.
Tonight, there’s nothing else I’d rather do than sit on a bike in the middle of nowhere with you. Ride in the cold and listen to the crickets in the distance, feel the breeze and freshness and break dawn together, just like we did last year.
Thank you 2013, for joy, peace, love, happiness, prosperity and goodwill.
PS. Thankful for those many other memories and people who are just as special, near and away.