Tuesday, January 2, 2018

#595 : Another Year Gone! - 2017

"Another year gone!" Dumbledore said cheerfully. "And I must trouble you with an old man's wheezing waffle before we sink our teeth into our delicious feast. What a year it has been! Hopefully your heads are all a little fuller than they were..."

- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. 

What a year 2017 turned out to be. Sitting all alone in a different country, it is not difficult to slip into a pensive mood, reflecting and looking back at the year that has almost gone by. 2017 turned out to be a year of learning. I learnt to adapt right from the start of the year to the end. I was just a little over 20 days into being married when the year began. Adapting to new place, people, food and culture is not an easy thing and that's exactly the challenge 2017 hurled at me. Again, at the end of the year, here am I, in a different country adapting to a different environment, food and people with out my loved ones near by. Thus by large, I spent the whole of 2017 adapting and re-adapting. However, I have no regret at all in doing what I did.

I managed to take some time out to make beautiful memories - A neat trip to Kodaikanal and a short one to Pondicherry. Of course, towards the end of the year, the trip to Cordoba, Aranjuez and Toledo. I did discover that I loved clicking pictures, especially when the visuals in front of me were vivid and rich.

Reading wise, 2017 was one of the best year I had. A Harry Potter re-run, my first Neil Gaiman and what not.  Thanks to all the kind folks who gifted me books.

I'm not divulging much am I? As they say, be happy and tell no one.

However, I have a list of goals for 2018. The use of the word "GOAL" is deliberate here. Resolution aren't my thing. Here are my top 5 goals for the year.

  1. Being Thoughtful and Mindful - I have never been the type to be expect much from people. That just worsened when a certain relationship I had turned toxic. I stopped emoting much and that leaded to me being less thoughtful.  I ought to pick myself up and become a better human.

  2. Cutting out all toxic relationships completely - Some people enter our lives just to teach us few important lessons. I learnt mine the hard-way. High time I flush such people out.

  3. Click better pictures and build a scrap book - I hope to learn the art of photography a bit. Not that I am keen on buying a professional camera. I simply hope to learn the science of light and lenses.

  4. Read a variety of books - Manu Joseph, Jeeth Thayil, Shashi Tharoor - Just the starters there. Wish to go wild and explore this year!

  5. WRITE - I ought to complete what I stared. One full length novel is about 20% done and a collection of short stories 15% done. However, not really beating myself up over this. Writing is a creative process which requires immense discipline. My life right now is way too exciting to bring in that discipline.

Its the first day of the year, here I am miles away from home in a tiny room reading a nice book while sipping a hot cup of tea. What a way to start the New year! 2018 - you better be good to me.


1 comment:

  1. Its always good to see someone look back at the positives in past days. And good luck on your books. Hope the excitement in your life settles and pushes the priority towards writing and completing the books.