Another day comes to an end..another chapter added to our lives..another set of experiences which has enriched our existence!! I prefer to look at the year end like this. Not with a long sigh and alarm at the passing time. If the time hadn’t passed we wouldn’t have lived it, would we? The only way I can explain the year zooming past me this year is that I had my hands full. There was so much to do, so much to achieve, so much to give and so much to receive. This year has been special because I met with so many people, some of whom I hadn’t met for many years. It was wonderful. Its been an eventful year with its share of ups and downs, unexpected twists and turns, hurts and healing hugs. In short its been wholesome. No complaints, no regrets.
The other day I met an old friend of mine. We had first met when we were both on the threshold of starting new and life altering phases of our individual lives. Our paths crossed and the connection was made. The naivety of our thoughts about life at that point of time forged a bond that has withstood the test of time. Our lives got busy with the grinds of home and family and we got lost in the maze of our own lives. We met several times over the years, with the growing brood in tow. It was fun to say the least. We met again now after several years with the kids grown up and individuals in their own rights, with their own minds and opinions. What struck me most was not how much the kids had grown but how much had happened since that first chance meeting. The connection was still there. The affection was still there. Then what was missing because something was missing for sure. As we all sat down sharing a hot cup of tea and heart warming conversations, I looked at her intently. It suddenly dawned on me. What was missing was the way we looked at life. It was no longer a beautiful love story, a la one of the Disney princess stories. We had experienced life in its various forms and flavours. Our experiences had taught us to relish each moment as it is and make the best of it. From giggly young girls we had become women.
This one unsuspecting meeting modified the way I started looking at the approaching year end. Each year is like a new chapter of our lives. The people and events in it enrich it in their own ways. What’s life without its ups and downs? I loved every moment of the time spent last year. I look forward to the coming year like a child waiting for her Christmas gift. I feel blessed to be surrounded by the people I love. If my family has given meaning and purpose to my existence then my friends have made it worthwhile. So…three cheers to life..let the party begin!