It's funny what 12 months can do to you, isn't it? Last year, this time, I was home. I was drunk. I was depressed. And I was writing this.
Looking back, yes, those were the dark times. And though no more posts followed, it didn't significantly improve. For the next three months. It got worse. And then worse some more. And then you get to the point where you start giving up. (This is about where you're going to realize that this is not one of the usual humour posts I write here. Sorry about that.)
If I were to pick one moment that changed it all. It'd be this:
In Agumbe, there I was, standing at the edge of a waterfall and peering down. (Did I mention I was afraid of heights?) And then the wind picked up, knocked me off balance for a split-second. That tiny fragment of time, when you're pretty sure that you're going to fall a 20 storey-height to a very painful death can give you a lot of perspective.
And it did. Actually, life can be awesome fun, if you let it be.
So. I did.
- I did get that passport.
- I went to Australia and Austria. (Antartica next, maybe.)
- I traveled WAY WAY more than the 10, 000 kilometers that I wanted to travel.
- Actually, I traveled more than 1500 kilometers on a cycle. (Did I mention that I might sell off my bike?)
- Got inked.
- Quit a job where I wasn't growing anymore. (And starting another job in the New Year.)
- Moving to a city that I love. Full of people that I can relate with.
- Had less number of people call me scary.
- Made a substantial difference to the lives of at least 4 people.
- Still can't put up with my relatives. I rather doubt that this one will ever be possible. But hey, it's a New Year after all.
Ultimately. 2011 taught me one VERY important lesson:
Doesn't matter where you are. Doesn't matter what you are. Doesn't matter who you're with. Doesn't matter if you're not invited. Doesn't matter if people don't care. Doesn't matter if you're disappointed.
If you want something, you fight for it. With everything you have. (How's that for cheesy?)
And right now, I want an awesome 2012. So bring it on!
Happy New Year, my only reader. (And anybody else.)