A few days into the new year and here I am looking back at 2005.
Sign of procrastination. This is so not a good start to the year. ;P
Anyway, I think that 2005 would most probably be remembered as the year of disasters. And tragedies. Man-made or otherwise.
The South Asia earthquake and Katrina. Closer to home, the haze and the year-end floods in the northern and eastern states. Human atrocities - Bali, India and London bombings. Not forgetting Iraq, which happens almost every week.
There were also the social unrests in France and Australia.
Personally, the year has been quite eventful, albeit somewhat unremarkable. I had a boyfriend in the first month of the year, which ended two months later.
It seemed so long ago that I had a boyfriend.
I was quite busy in the second and third quarter of the year with work and exams. Work was OK. Exams-wise, it was good as I had two extra passes under my belt.
Had a few bouts of depression, but got over that pretty quickly. Those kinds of things come and go.
Met quite a few interesting people with all sorts of temperaments and personalities. Most of them were decent and nice people. Which reinforces my view that people are generally good.
That doesn’t mean that they are smart though.
I think I have grown; become wiser. More confident of myself and more comfortable in my own skin. Care less about what others think and just be myself.
Came out to a couple of close friends and more importantly, to my mom; took part in my first competitive athletics event; conquered Mount Kinabalu, and then some.
Things I have learnt:
That no one is going to look out for you, except yourself.
That it’s OK to put myself and my own interest first. Sometimes.
That stupid people, are just, stupid. And they have to open their mouths to let the whole world know that.
That living at home does save me quite a lot.
That I can’t make someone like me.
That I can’t control who likes me either.
That slow and steady is often better.
That I am actually quite strong on the inside.
And a few more lessons.
It’s not like I don’t know these things. I have heard people say them or read them somewhere before.
But nothing beats experiencing them for yourself. And see how true they really are.
May the new year be better in every way, for everyone of us. Here's to 2006!