It feels like yesterday when I was sitting on my bed, writing a very similar post, talking about how the year had gone by so quickly.
Well, history repeats itself. Here I am now, one year later, sitting on my bed, about to talk about the New Year and how 2014 just raced by, stopping for no one.
Last year, I talked about the best and worst moments of 2013. This time, I'm going to incorporate a slight twist: when I mention the worst moments, I will do my best to find the silver lining.
My Best Memories
1) Graduated from High School
The year started off on a high note with my graduation ceremony, where I sat with my best gal pals, took some fantastic photos, and finally introduced my sister to my best friend. Also, I had to go on stage wearing a saree (and heels), but I didn't stumble or trip at all. Ain't that an achievement, Geeks?
2) Aced My Boards
I got really good marks in my board exams, and even though I definitely didn't study well enough for it, I got an 85 in Maths. I was so sure I was going to fail (here, I mean it in the literal sense, not my usual 'anything less than an A' sense), but somehow, I managed to pull through.
3) College of My Choice
After taking one of the hardest entrance tests of my life, I got into the college of my choice in the city of my choice. A fresh start was knocking on my door!
4) Finished My Novel
I finally finished the first draft of my young adult novel, 'I Hate You... Like I Love You!' which is currently being edited. Although I've written other novels previously, this is the only one that I'm actually proud of. I also started working on my second young adult novel ('Not That Kind of Girl'), which is almost halfway through now.
5) The Year of Fandoms
From Divergent in March to The
Amazing Spider-Man 2 in May to Mockingjay Part 1 in November, this has
been a very exciting year, fandom-wise. I also rewatched TASM 1 and 2
about a hundred times (they're my go-to airplane movies), and I bought
three Spidey shirts in red, blue and purple! I also bought a Spidey
action figure. He now lives in my closet and gives me fashion advice.
Me: Should I wear this?
6) Fitness Goals
Within a few months of moving to Mumbai, I gained four kilos, a feat I never thought I could achieve! I finally crossed the respectable 40 kg threshold and I am proud to say that I work out five times a week and I do my best to eat healthy wherever possible. (This does not include bagels, because bagels are life.)
I'm going to do a fitness post soon, Geeks. Stay tuned.
My Worst Memories
1) Had to Leave Home
I had to leave my dear parents and move to a new city where I knew nobody and where I would have to live with strangers - I mean, roommates.
But on the bright side, I am now fairly independent. I can do my own laundry, use public transportation without cringing (more or less), and go out whenever I want to without asking anyone's permission.
2) College: Expectations vs. Reality
I guess I always thought college would be this magical place where
everyone would be pretentious and philosophical and a fanperson like me; I would meet my future best friends on Day One and I would have the greatest time of my live.
Unfortunately, none of that happened.
But on the bright side, I have made a few good friends, I've met one or two fanpeople, and the education at my college is top-notch, which, let's face it, is what college is actually all about.
Maybe it was because of being so homesick and friendless and lonely all the time, but I started becoming incredibly negative this past year. I saw the worst in everyone - including myself. I judged people left, right and centre. And on some days, I didn't even want to do anything except sleep and cry.
But on the bright side, I finally realised what I was doing wrong and decided to be hopeful and positive instead. I've already started practising positivity and I can't tell you how much more relaxed I feel!
In short, while 2014 wasn't the best year of my life, it was still a year of changes. And change leads to growth. I am a very different person today compared to the person I was on 31st December 2013. I can't say for sure that I'm a better person, but I'm definitely more mature now.
I'm going to finish my soy milk and get ready for dinner with my family. How are you spending New Year's Eve? What were your best and worst memories? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Have a great time, Geeks! I'll see you next year. Bye!
And hey, 2015. Bring it on.