I know it’s a terribly clichéd idea for a blog post, but looking back at the year often provides valuable lessons for the future. We probably all had that one big, embarrassing failure we don’t want to talk about and pray will never happen to us again. We all hopefully experienced a few deviously designed plans by the devil that confounded us but which we overcame anyway, becoming wiser in the process. We all definitely had those beautiful moments where the entire universe was perfectly aligned just for us, which brings a smile on our faces even as we think about it now. By now you should be convinced this is a great post idea. If you are, then bear with me as I share how 2016 went for me (and you can tell me all about yours after that).
Lessons and Rewards
One major lesson of the year was that I don’t need to suffer through all the classes to get good grades. I’m one of those people who learn a lot in the classroom, so I always thought attending regularly and paying attention in class guaranteed academic success for me. As it turns out, I do fairly well in self-learning too, although I need someone to push me to study (thank you, Vaishali, although I know you’re still not satisfied because I didn’t dedicate the entire blog post to your awesomeness). While I apologise for setting a bad example for younger readers and I’m sure my school teachers would probably be horrified looking at this, I think that college works differently. I often didn’t end up studying under the best teacher for every subject, so self-learning was an important skill I picked up.
I think I’m getting slightly better at time management (I can imagine my mom shaking her head in vehement opposition to this) and learning to prioritise my work better, which has helped me successfully juggle the different aspects of my life. I definitely know that I’ve started ‘living in the moment’ more, which means I gets more things done. It has invariably led to good results such as better grades in college, stats beyond anything I could have imagined on my blog, more time to read, write and generally pursue other interests and so on.
I also had the good fortune of getting wonderful opportunities both in college and outside of it. After I joined college, I thought I’d fallen back to being contented with mediocrity and I didn’t actively seek out things that would challenge me as an individual. However, 2016 turned that around for me and I’m so grateful because it helped bolster my self-confidence. I’ve already started formulating bigger, more challenging plans for the next year and although I know I may not get all of them done, at least I’m not too terrified to try.
Of course, the year wasn’t filled with rainbows and sunshine. The start of the year plunged me into an all-time low. Personal setbacks, difficulties in the relationships with family and friends, deaths of near and dear ones and many other not-so-good things did bring me down and even reduced me to tears at times. The most important takeaway from all of those was that I must give myself time to grieve but also move on from them and not let them warp my future experiences with tinges of cynicism, resentment or regret.
Best Day I Had: 26th of December, the day I bought my wonderful hardcover movie tie-in edition of The Return of the King by extraordinary chance for a shockingly low price
Best Book I Read: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan (fiction) and DIY MFA by Gabriela Pereira (non-fiction)
Best Piece I Wrote: On Overuse
Best Movie I Watched: Godhi BaNNa… (regional) and Captain America: Civil War (international)
Best TV Episode I Watched: I didn’t watch a lot of current shows this year, so my choice is The Winds of Winter (GoT S06 E10)
Best Place I Visited: The Bookworm on Church Street, where I bought that copy of The Return of the King 😉
Best Gift I Received: The reproduction of Arwen’s necklace from The Lord of the Rings movies
How was 2016 for you? Let me know in the comments section, or if you’re planning to do a similar post on your blog, leave the link down below.