This may just be my last post for 2011 and in in the spirit of gratitude I thought of being thankful for the various wonderful things that have happened to me this year.
It's been a little over a year since my return to India and I'll confess I had mixed feelings about coming back and I dealt with a wide array of emotions of confusion and displacement, anxiousness and awkwardness. But now when I look back, this was positively the best and a very special and memorable one year of my life and I am grateful to God and all the wonderful people in my life, friends and family and an extremely supportive husband who made it this way. Did that just sound like an Academy Award speech!
Surprisingly 2011 turned out to be one of the best years for me in the longest time. I had just come back from Canada and was without a job. It was absolutely unnerving in the beginning and I felt thrown off and demoralized for the longest time (a combination I guess ,of being jobless and overweight).Having no job meant I had lots of time to my disposal, time that I used to travel and observe and experience my country in a way I had never done before and to write- when I think of it now that was the best way I could have used that time. I guess it was those moments of feeling lost and unsettled that led to an amazing clarity, something I wouldn't have reached being stuck in a mundane nine to five in Canada. I'm happy and content for how things worked out, and have found truth in the saying "Whatever happens, happens for the best" and I'm grateful I'm a skeptic no more.
Personally I have always thought of New Year's to be highly overrated and it leaves me a bit sad. I guess I don't like saying goodbye to the year that's passing by. But this time around it's different and I look forward to 2012 with a lot of excitement, a little bit of nervousness and with the renewed hope of new beginnings- giving me the ability to do something I truly enjoy from the bottom of my heart. I hope to begin 2012 with a bit of travel and a lot of reasons to celebrate :)
I plan to bring in the new year in a low key manner, I guess I'll just stay at home and watch back to back movies while tucked under a razai. I suppose it's much better than being stuffed and suffocated in a overcrowded nightclub of all places, being deafened by the pounding of bad music by an equally uninterested DJ.
And for you I wish love and luck and joy and laughter, may 2012 be your best year ever!