If I were to visualize saying good-bye to 2017, I imagine myself zooming down one of the empty highways in a convertible, wind in my hair, Devang by my side, and three car seats in the back filled with happily squealing kids asking to play a Moana soundtrack or “I’m still Standing by Elton John” (thanks to the movie SING)! Everything around me blurry; details lost in the bigger picture of happiness, excitement, and beauty!! Each year seems to go by faster than the last, and 2017 has been no exception. In terms of big changes, this was the year when we added Ajay to our family, and life all of a sudden became 10 folds more happy and 100 folds more busy (or the other way around sometimes). But the silver lining of living in what seems like a daily carnival, is that even little accomplishments felt like big victories. For instance, each time I finished reading a new book, or each time I played with my brushes and paints, or best of all, each time we traveled as a family, I felt like I was the king of the world!
But with the highest of highs, also came a few reminders that a hard-headed teenager is still hiding somewhere in my almost 36-year-old self, and that I am not always good at communicating my emotions, or being grateful for the help I receive, or simply, for a lack of better words, unable to calm-the-f*-down and enjoyed the moment and the company a little better. Thankfully though, the good still outweighed the not-so-good temperaments of mine, and as I look back at all the posts from this year, I feel happy and I feel lucky!
The major milestones in 2017 included our 7th wedding anniversary, Asha’s fourth birthday, Arjun’s second, and welcoming Ajay in June. I also – Read over 15 books; Barrowfields and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine being my two favorites. Traveled to Savannah, GA , Washington DC, Culpepper, VA , Topsail Beach, NC, Charleston, SC, and Chicago, IL. Finally learned to use my Mac the right way (most of the time at least). Decided to give up on keeping up with my eyebrows and just embrace the mess and move on. Got really curious about makeup. In fact I purchased my first lipstick in at least a dozen years. Now, I just need to spend more time wearing it. Rearranged the furniture in the house so many times that I think I have a problem with permanency of things. Let go of clothes, clothes, and more clothes. I donated over half of what I owned and swore off fast fashion! Dreamed about learning French and traveling to Paris way more than I ordinarily do. Realized that I am turning into my parents, for better and for worse!
Cheers to all of you! And cheers to what’s to come.
Happy New Year!