Three hours left for 2014 to end! It is that time of the year when everyone starts making resolutions for the new year. Resolutions ranging from tall ones like – I will conquer Mount Everest! to the most common ones with the shortest time span like I will lose weight, I will become fit. These resolutions last for months, days or even minutes. I have to admit that I am a complete ‘new year resolution’ enthusiast but for the last couple of years this is the time when annually, I also reflect on the past 365 days.
When I was really little, like a little above knee high, my parents tried to inculcate in my brother and me the habit of making resolutions for the new year. Like any good parent involved in their child’s life they taught us to, “Learn a new skill, a new talent, a new craft or a new outlook in life”. Every year I used to make resolutions and I tried my level best to stick to them.
However, with time I figured that there was a sombre formula to my resolutions – my age was inversely proportional to the duration my resolution lasted! When I was still in single digits, I followed my resolutions religiously and most years I was successful in their execution. As soon as I reached double digits, they lasted for about 6-8 months. In my teens, they lasted anywhere between 1-3 months. As soon as I completed my teens, it was a great accomplishment if I could go 5 days into the new year sticking to them.
I figured that the system of keeping resolutions wasn’t working for me and I needed to figure out another way “for my year to be productive”. So I worked on the same lines with a twist and at the end of 2008 before making my resolutions for 2009, I instead introspected on the time gone by in 2008. I was in law school at the time and realised that I had done a lot of learning and imbibing related to my subject but I wanted my next year to be filled with more activities beyond school. This new system of reflecting on the past 365 days, resonated well with me so I started tailoring my succeeding years accordingly and was happy with the outcome.
So coming to 2014, as the year reaches its fag end with only a few minutes to spare, I relish the fact that this year was one of experimentation, trials and errors. I did oodles of interesting activities but the one that is the closest to my heart is when I opened one of my cupboards to find old works written by me, poems, stories, limericks etc and reading them (I came across “A Voice” the first post in my blog penned by the 15 year old Wordsworth in me, which remains an all time favourite!). On perusal of the yellowed sheets of paper my passion to write which had been in hibernation for quite a few years now, awakened and I began writing voraciously. I began penning poems, stories etc without a conscious effort and words just strung themselves into sentences. I realised that every person has some passion that defines them and comes to them really easily but just a little effort needs to be made to figure it out.
Anyhow, 2014 was an exciting year but with the coming in of the new year lets ring out the old and bring in the new. Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!!!
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