The uncanny, and somewhat lucky, arrangement of numbers in the first day of 2011 coupled with a great new year’s eve could only mean one thing: a simple but great start. It’s very easy to say because, inevitably, with a every new year comes new hopes, new want for opportunities and more than anything else, the chance of a healthy new beginning. I always wonder how and why the start of a new year makes people think that they’ve been granted with a new slate. Why do we need that particular transition in the year to make us feel like we can start afresh and make everything that much better than the last transition?
For me, this new year’s eve was particularly significant. This was the one year where I chose to be at home with my darling girlfriends as opposed to being out and about experiencing crowds of unimaginable size and rowdiness. This feeling, in turn, made me feel that much stronger in myself and made me feel a weird sense of empowerment.
I would like to admit that during the years, I have been guilty of taking my friendships for granted. It’s easy to do when you feel you’re untouchable and when the bond you have is unbreakable… or so you think. 2010 gave me new people in my life and it also helped me cherish the people already around me. Once again, in true Carrie Bradshaw style, I found myself asking my inner self… What I would do without my friends?
There are some friends you meet during your time in educational establishments who are with you through the years simply because you are learning side by side. Then, there are some friends you make that tread the fine line between acquaintance and confidante. There are also those friends you meet along the way who can be seasonal friends, friends in need or can end up being friends for life. I’ve heard it be said that the only real friends are those which have been with you from a young age, who have been with you through your journey of becoming your adult self. Although a part of me agrees with this, there is also a part of me which feels this isn’t always the case. Friends, no matter how old or new, are like stars… they are always with you even if you don’t see their sparkle all the time.
In this, my very first blog post of 2011, I would like to make a toast to all of my friends – the old, the new, the ones who drifted away and the ones who stayed close. I thank you all for bringing everything you have to my life because without you, I wouldn’t be me. I apologise for anything I may have done to hurt you if I ever have, intentionally or not, and hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me. Most importantly, I would like to tell you that I love you and you matter to me – each and every one of you. You make my world a better place.
Although it’s not exactly a new year’s resolution, I want to make a promise to myself that 2011 is going to be my year for my friends. I want to reach out to those I’ve lost touch with and show my appreciation to those who’ve stuck by me. It is my belief that a little bit of effort can go a long way…
Happy New Year to you all… make 2011 a year to remember.