Looking back at 2013

This year has been unfor­get­table in many ways.

Did I spend enough time with friends and fam­i­ly? No. Did I keep in reg­u­lar touch with those who want­ed me to remain in reg­u­lar touch? No. Was I there each and every time some­one need­ed me to be there? No. I didn’t read as much as I would have liked to, I wrote much less than I want­ed to. But as a human with lim­it­ed resources, did I try to bal­ance dif­fer­ent and con­flict­ing expec­ta­tions from fam­i­ly, friends, and col­leagues? Yes. The com­plex art of bal­anc­ing your expec­ta­tions of oth­ers, their expec­ta­tions of you, and your expec­ta­tions of your­self is what we call ‘Life’, after all.

In 2013, I dis­cov­ered new friend­ships, redis­cov­ered old col­lege friend­ships, reju­ve­nat­ed old col­league-friend­ships. I made many mis­takes and hurt my friends some­times, but I hope I delight­ed them and made them smile too. This was true in the year 2012 too, and what mat­ters now is if I learnt from my mis­takes in 2012 and avoid­ed or made less of them in 2013. I think I did. That is why I bid 2013 good­bye with peace in my heart and hap­pi­ness in my soul — not because I did not make any mis­takes, but because I learnt or attempt­ed to learn from ear­li­er ones. 2013 also leaves me with a deep sense of grat­i­tude for my friends, all of whom accept­ed my flaws, yet remained friends. I hope to keep learn­ing from you, how to be always so under­stand­ing and empa­thet­ic.

On the per­son­al front, it has been a mile­stone where a dream we worked for over 3 years was final­ly real­ized — our new home. And despite get­ting busier, becom­ing frus­trat­ed, being com­plete­ly stressed out, we still share not just the love, but that elu­sive romance too.

I am tru­ly blessed. Dear 2013, I will remem­ber you for­ev­er, thank you!

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  • asuph

    Amen! May this year be even bet­ter.

    • Thank you, @asuph:disqus — hope 2013 has been good to you as well. Wish you a great 2014!

  • Anjuli

    Hap­py New Year. This year I will restart blog­ging, look­ing for­ward to it! 🙂

  • TheRomit

    Awe­some. All the best for a fan­tas­tic 2014!

    • Thank you @TheRomit:disqus, I know 2013 was anoth­er big move for you — hope you set­tle down com­fort­ably and have a great 2014!

      • TheRomit

        Thanks @MahendraP:disqus! Enjoy #NewHome to the fullest 🙂

  • Cameron

    Hi Mahen­dra! I have a ques­tion about your blog and I was won­der­ing if you’d be will­ing to email me. Thanks so much! 🙂 My name is Cameron and my email is cvonstjames@gmail.com