Its the end of the year and every publication worth its salt is looking back at the year gone by. “The winners and losers of the year gone by” “The sexiest of the year” “The movers and shakers of 2011” go the headlines.
Its so ingrained in our psyche that the end is the place to look back, measure, judge and evaluate. For many of us its the only time we do and if my life is in anyway representative of most lives, its a time to say “sh#t, where did the year go?”.
And so I am sitting here today writing this blog, looking at what all happened this year. In the order of how they hit me as I write.
1. I fell in love and got married
This is probably the shocker of the year. Never planned this, never saw it coming. Looking back the last 6 months of marriage are probably a mix of my best days and my worst. I got a whole new family and interestingly I love them too! I am the man now for atleast one special person and with that comes the expected and much advertised love (who would have thought!) thing and this new responsibility (who would have thought!) thing. Oh yeah and waiting eagerly for junior now.
2. LandMark Education
4 and a half courses later I have taken my life back from the autopilot, with all its sorry broken pieces, and am rebuilding with abandon. Still facing and breaking barriers in my life and other’s, and slowly coming to the sober realization that the jerk is here to stay and transformation is a continuous process. And finally, still trying to be chillaxe through it all 🙂
3. My Swift
my constant companion, from the early morning struggle to office, to the late night icecream cravings of wifey. And when I am disempowered at how life is treating me, I see an open road, I pound the accelerator and the whoomph of the turbo kicks me back to life.
4. My Guitar
so I know 2 songs and I can tune the damn thing. But even this is a victory over the past!
5. Zynga goes IPO
it happened. I had very little to do with it.
6. babies, kids and gifts!!!
lots of “new kids on the block” with many friends going the family way (me included). A new entry into my life is this whole gifting thing. I have never been much of a gifter, I blame my friends who have failed (repeatedly) to gift me, even with all the opportunities available 😉 But now with the extended family, its like war!!! A slew of gifts has to be returned with another and the war goes on. Do I like it, Yes and No. I like it when its incoming and there is this pinch to the heart when its outgoing, followed by happiness as you see the recipient glow.
Since my marriage, you would be hardpressed to see me alone, brooding about life or any other solitary activity. Its like, people are everywhere and at all times!! Leave me alone for gods sake!!!! (just kidding). So theres always someone around, at home, at their homes, in class (landmark), at office and strangely I am in communication with them! (yep me! would you believe that). The icing of the cake is I also host parties !
8. My Samsung S2
My first 5 digit phone (as in price). I was so much in awe of the 5 digits, that I kept it in my draw for a whole week, too scared to carry it around. Anyway its out now and for all you cynics out there, you were right, I still havent coded a single App yet!
9. Kashmir and Thailand
Two trips, Kashmir and Thailand, first on honeymoon and the other with the company. Both were awesome.
10. 50 pushups in 3 sets and looking healthy (a tad fat)
I could do a 100 in 3 sets once. Lost the momentum for a month now, lets restart in the new year.
phew! got to 10!