People always take this time of the year planning what they want to do the next year, but not all realize that setting goals and resolutions are never as important as the patience and perseverance required to achieve them. Before setting any huge targets we need to first analyze ourselves and appreciate what we’ve achieved so far. I’d like to reflect on the things that I’ve achieved over the past one year and share a few memorable experiences I’ve had.
The year started with a huge splash, by which I mean the floods in Chennai. That was the first time I witnessed and fought my way through a flood. From walking through the water at chest level, to being transported in a boat from my apartment, to waiting for around eight hours at the bus stop, it was one hell an experience I would never forget.
I also spent a lot of time this year working on my health which took a toil due to my irregular routines. I realized how changing a few daily habits and giving enough importance to not only the food you take in, but also the timings at which you have it could help you be a happier person. Once you take care of a few small details, the big ones fall in place by themselves. I also took the guts to get my braces on, being stuck with them for over a year, I’m in the last stage and I can’t wait to see the results.
The next thing I did was to break out of my comfort zone in Chennai where I had been for 5 long years. Chennai was where I had my support system, friends were just a call away and home was nearby. I switched to a new job with a new role and moved to a totally new city with almost no acquaintances. I’ve been living a chaotic life since then all by myself. Its a learning zone and someone said to me “that” is where all the magic happens.
I’m most proud of this one though, I ran my first marathon in Bangalore, thanks to a good friend. Despite the cramps I put myself through later, I felt like I was at the peak of my health. And just while I was writing this post I also won the Runbhoomi jungle run at Mandangad, Maharashtra. Not only did I enjoy the climate and scenic spots on the trail, I also made new friends who were very helpful along the way.
Last but not the least I started this very blog, I’ve been overwhelmed by the response that I’ve received, and I hope to continue it for a long time.
Out of all of these experiences that I’ve had none of them were planned, at least not for a long term, I just took a call and went for it. Age is just a number, it’s never too late to set new targets and achieve them, and also keep some space for the element of surprise. Never neglect the opportunities that come your way and surround yourself with people who help you move forward. I would encourage everyone to take this coming new year and make the best out of it.
Good luck! 😊