Bidding Adieu to 2015
Week 41 to Week 46 – Thankful Tuesdays
How quickly this year has gone by. And another challenge will remain incomplete. The 100 Days of Happiness challenge doesn’t seem to go with blogging, for this is the second year it has remained incomplete. It was tough to search for happiness when my thoughts were with a whole city. But I’m determined to see it through in 2016. I’m determined to read more blogs too, and hopefully be read by more bloggers as well.
The last six themes of the 52 weeks of Gratitude Challenge offers me a chance to look back at 2015 as well as be thankful for some things that worked out for me this year. The last six themes are Opportunities I’ve been given, My Job, Things I like about Winter, Lessons Learned this Year, 100 Things to be Thankful For, and Did this Challenge Change Me.
This year has been about opportunities. I got the opportunity to write for some anthologies, though I was chosen by only one. It’s a start, and I hope I can add to that in the year 2016. I love my current workplace, and I’ve been given the opportunity to do better there, a promotion to a better designation and such. I’m thankful for that trust in me. I’ve had a chance to edit a manuscript for an author. The author is one of my friends, and I liked doing that final editing/proofreading for her. I had fun, and I wonder if that’s my calling. I don’t know as yet.
My job is something I love. It’s a minimal pressure environment, though the expectations of my work are quite high. It’s that freedom that has helped me grow to whatever height I am at. I do not know for sure how high, because the technology around me keeps changing and at times, I feel I am not keeping up with it as quickly as I want to, or my work needs to. But as I wrote earlier, I think there are a lot of positives for me at the place, so I hope this year helps me develop my skills further.
Only in mid-December did the weather finally feel like winter has started to set in. To be honest, it still feels a little like end of May rather than end of December. The thing I love most about the winter is the chill, and it doesn’t feel as cold yet. But it’s fun to snuggle into the blanket in the morning and sleep a little more, have warm pakodas and coffee, and curl up in the evening with a good book. This year has also seen many additions to my bookshelf.
There have been a few lessons that I’ve learned, but not that I’d want to discuss. They were sad lessons from which I’ve tried to pick out the positive points, and recollecting them would not be ideal. The most valuable thing I’ve taken out of the year is to continue being myself. Those who find fault in that can either tell me what they think or walk away, but I do not want to change a lot. I’m happy being me.
I’m thankful for a lot of things. To count a hundred would be insane. I’m not even going to try. I’m thankful for a lot of little things that matter. But most of all, I’m thankful for this world of blogging. It has reinforced my belief that writing can be therapeutic. When I’ve felt low, writing has not only helped me to reflect, but to revive. Another part of blogging pushes me to read more, and I’m thankful for so many worlds to vanish into and take a break when reality gets too draining.
I think completing this challenge is a morale boost. It has helped me to add maybe 40 posts that would have otherwise remained unwritten. And it has helped me to realize things that I am grateful for and people I am grateful to. The year 2015 has been bittersweet, but I look forward to 2016 with hope.
Wishing my readers in every corner of the world a very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2016 ahead!
(© 31st December 2015)