Reflecting on 2015
My bestie and I spent last Saturday afternoon reflecting on 2015 as we sat on a hill admiring the KL skyline from afar. The weather was great; windy and sunny without the usual humidity. Although the last quarter of 2015 was the hardest for me, the past year wasn't made up of entirely sad moments as I've had a lot of fun, too. But it's true what they say, a year changes you a lot. In alphabetical order, what 2015 has taught me:
Life is one great adventure; every step you take leads you somewhere. Everyday, you're filling up the pages of your life story. Part of the excitement is not always knowing what happens in the next chapter. But with a little faith and the right attitude, anything can change you for the better.
You can't escape the calamities that befall you but your attitude will determine the kind of person you become; you can choose to not suffer in vain.
Fear is not a good enough excuse to not chase after what you want. Someone once told me that life's too short for hesitations. If you're afraid, just know that most people are scared to ruin something potentially great. As they say: 'If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough.'
Good friends are like precious jewels; I'm so grateful for the people that I'll bring forward into 2016 and the ones that didn't make the cut. Throughout life, you'll constantly make and lose friends. Always keep the ones that make you a better person and the ones that go the extra mile to make sure you're ok.
Laughter is the best medicine. My best friend knows this about me; I find humour in everything. Life is too short to be serious all the time. If you can find amusement in every bad situation; you're winning.
I've lost a handful of relatives this year, the most hard hitting one being the death of my cousin who was only 25 when he lost his battle to cancer. However, I know Allah doesn't take anything or anyone without compensation. In spite of the trying time I've had, much kindness was shown to me by the people in my life. You'll never be tested with what you can't handle.
Love manifests itself in different ways so learn to appreciate and identify the kind gestures of everyone around you, whether it's your friends and family, or the people in your office. A thoughtful text or a lovely card randomly placed on your desk are worth as much as any gift that you receive.
Although unpleasant, painful experiences help you to grow and develop compassion towards others. You'll never know how strong you are without being tested. I thank Allah for the tests I've been given because it has made me more aware of the blessings in my life; the love of my family and friends being one of the greatest gifts He has given me.
Some things take time so you've to learn to enjoy the journey as much as reaching the destination. Some things aren't worth the high blood pressure. However long you've to wait to get what you want, you'll get it eventually. The sun will still shine tomorrow, the grass will still grow, so learn to go with the flow.
Time is a valuable thing; once lost you can't get it back. Likewise, you cannot get your youth back. If you've plans, do it while you've the strength and energy. Time is also the most valuable thing you can give someone. If you care about someone; make time for them. You'll never regret spending time with someone you love because in the end, it's the memories that you'll hold onto dearly; not the superficial things.