Birthday thoughts: Another year ends, a new one starts

Here I am, writing down my thoughts just before the clock strikes midnight and it officially becomes my birthday. Birthdays are always a good way of celebrating achievements and looking back at the last year (if not longer) and to evaluate things. Over the last few weeks, I’ve found it difficult to take stock but in the last week or so I’ve been doing just that.

The last year has been pretty special but it’s also been one of my saddest yet because I lost someone very close. I won’t lie and say that this birthday will be a celebration I’ve been looking forward in ages because I know that although I have gained a very special guardian angel, I’ve also lost someone I will always miss. The last few weeks have been the most difficult in a long time and those close to me will know I probably haven’t been my usual self. However, you know what they say: time is a great healer.

As a new year is upon me, I wanted to say that although by birthday year this time ends on a very sad note, on the whole, it’s been a year I won’t forget for positive reasons to. There have been, as with any other year, growth and lessons learnt on both a personal and professional level. I’d like to think I’m a lot stronger and that I am taking a different approach to things in comparison to last year. What I do know though is that I am now a part of an award-winning website! It’s funny because no matter how much potential you see and how much hard work you put in, it’s always a nice feelings to have a trophy to your name and know that others have also wanted to pay tribute to a team that always tries to deliver the best it possibly can. I stand proud in myself and for the team on what really has been an award that put the icing on the cake for me!

Last year, I made a pact with myself that I would give my ultimate best to everything that came my way – including trying to make the best of bad situations. I am hoping I’ve achieved that but in the last year I’ve also come to realise how much those around me have supported me. I wholeheartedly thank each and every person who has put faith in me, been there with me through the journey and progressed with me. They say that when people are around through the struggle, the journey’s destination becomes all the more beautiful. I feel like a destination is reached very frequently because my goals are always for the everyday rather than for the finale. Those friends and family who have stood strong alongside me to cheer me on, to commiserate, to listen to my rants, to make themselves human sounding boards… and all the rest… I thank you. My year wouldn’t have included so many personal and professional achievements without you.

There is another pact I’ve made with myself for the coming year but I won’t share that until the year comes to an end… if it ever does. Because if there’s one thing that the last couple of months has taught me it is that life is unpredictable. You really don’t know when your days are numbered. And, at the risk of sounding filmy… zindagi na milegi dobara!

Much love and thanks to everyone for the wishes which have already started. I cherish each and every one, every year xx

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