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Day 212: A New Year and a New Beginning

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January 2016. Already? How fast, right? I only remember the beginning of Jan 2015. And as if at the blink of an eye an entire year has just passed by. The past year has been a kind of roller-coaster ride and I can only remember parts of the whole year. It is as though I remember one incident every month and lo! My new year has arrived. 

When I look back at my 2015, I can remember the excitement during the first couple of months as I got to do a very short trip to India and be a part of something very special in life. Then all I remember is the four walls of my office room, the conversations and brainstorming with my dearest friend, 'A' at work and 'A' at home, non-stop phone calls to my family to help ease my stress, sleepless nights, waking up to dreams of white papers with black typeface, stiff fingers and neck, horrible back pain from the long hours of sitting, yearning for a break from everything, sudden urges to disappear into an oblivion which suddenly is overpowered by the urge to achieve and so on. Then once I crossed that hurdle and moved on to the next phase in my program, it was like a 'settling' period and all that stress backfired as writer's block (which is evident from the shorter posts towards the end of the year), lost focus, and a desperate need for a break. And finally, the one thing that helped was the mindfulness classes, research, family, friends, faith, and smile. Phew! I survived. 

Now, I can pause to breath and say, 2015 did me good. It taught me some valuable lessons, it reminded me that the 'P' in PhD was for PerseverancePersistence, well, unreasonably being persistent. The year taught me how to fight off a lot of thoughts and the strength of your dear ones. The true friends, the best buddies, the ones who did not matter, and ones who complete me. The year taught me how music shaped me, how creative space was essential, how books cuddled me warm, and the mindfulness completed my thoughts. It has been an eventful year and I am sure that the next one may not be easy after all, but I will walk through that. Yes, will walk through that. 

With that, I wish each and every one of you a wonderful and blessed new year and smiles and joy to make your life a beautiful dream possible. May there be only happiness and peace in your life. Let there be strength to face the hurdles and let your smile wipe off all these hurdles with ease. 

M & A
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