The Year That Was | April 2016 to March 2017

 

Hello.

I don’t know what happened, but thanks to the heavens above I actually felt like writing today. I have been trying to get myself to write ever since April last year, but never succeeded. In fact life has tried to manifest this concept in my life so much over the last one year – “Everything will happen in its time.” You cannot budge the hands of time to work according to your convenience.

So much has happened in my life since last year. Let’s begin where I last left –

April 2016:

I was busy preparing for my MBA final year exams and in the meanwhile also applying for jobs. I get an interview call.

May 2016:

May begins with the good news that I have successfully cleared the interview and will be expected to join as soon as exams are done.

June and July 2016:

Getting used to being an adult who has a full time job. Also coming in terms with the fact that I have to wake up in the morning.

31st July, 2016:

It’s J. K. Rowling’s birthday. But this day has a very different significance in my life (yes, I remember dates, bite me). This was the day I told my parents about the boy.

August, September, October 2016:

Wedding date gets fixed. House renovation + wedding prep begins. Mayhem. It’s a miracle I didn’t go mad.

November 2016:

We get engaged. It dawns on me that I have just one month in my own house. Emotional roller coaster begins.

December 2016:

We get married. I move into his place. I get home-sick, a lot.

January 2017:

Still home-sick. Join back work. My granny passed away, complete devastation. Even more home-sick.

February 2017:

Slowly beginning to adjust to the new environment. Miss home. Miss granny.

March 2017:

Bangalore trip. Miss home. Miss granny. Even more emotional turmoil. I have recoiled into my shell. Coming to terms that this is life now. Rough patch at work.

 

And now here I am, on this second day of April, 2017 and these are things I have realized:-

  • Life is sometimes your best friend and also your strictest teacher.
  • Learn to appreciate what you have in life, you never know when circumstances will change.
  • Spend time with your loved ones, you don’t want to have regrets after they’ve gone.
  • Being an adult is hard work.
  • Writing is difficult, when its not in your own room, on your own computer.
  • You don’t always get what you want, and you have to  learn to make peace with that.
  • But that doesn’t mean you have to stop dreaming.
  • I miss home.
  • I will never stop missing my granny.

 

Yours truly – Living, stumbling and learning.

xo

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What The Cat Dragged In: Lessons From The Universe

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I like to believe that nature has its ways and means of teaching us lessons. And always in perfect time! Don’t you love the way the universe functions?

Different people call it by different names. God, Higher Power, The Magic of the universe, etc. But one thing you have to agree, it works wonders managing to leave me awe-struck. Always.

All of this may or may not make sense to you. But I strongly believe in this universal magic and am always trying to be conscious of its workings. The vital key to understanding this magic is observing and trying to interpret what that means to you and your life. Nature/the universe is always sending us messages/lessons, all we have to do is open our eyes and see. I’d like to illustrate by sharing my experience.

Around two weeks ago, a hectic Sunday evening, I was in spring cleaning mode. Spring cleaning can be a little over-whelming when your little brother (who is not little anymore) refuses to part with junk because apparently it has sentimental value attached. Arrgh. So anyway, in between all the cleaning I stepped out into the balcony for a breath of fresh air. Right in front of my balcony is a neem tree. And perched on that neem tree was a cat! Honestly, I have never seen a cat perched on a tree. I was shocked, surprised how it got up and also a little worried about how it would get down. Whatever adrenaline had made it climb the tree had all seemed to vanish. It was nervously purring and at the same time trying hard not to loose balance. The tree isn’t fully grown and hence the top branches aren’t sturdy. The cat looked so scared and lonely up there and I felt bad for it. My mom told me not to worry, that it would figure out a way to get down itself. I was still scared. But half an hour later, it did manage to get down. Sure it faltered a few times, but it got down – all by itself.

Aren’t situations in our lives like this too? 

Just earlier this week, I faced a not-so-pretty situation in my own life. Unlike the cat I did have my parents and the boy who were there for me, but like the cat this is my battle. They can cheer me on and encourage me from the sidelines, but they cannot and will not fight my battles for me. Like the cat, I have to assess my own situation and do what is best for me. It may require a tremendous amount of changes to  be made on my part. It may require to stop and re-evaluate the consequences of my actions. It may require me to change my ways and habits that have been a part of me for the last 22 years. It definitely is scary and chances are I will make many mistakes on my way there.

But you gotta do what you gotta do. Especially when even the universe has sent you signs.

Do you believe in signs from the universe? Comment below and let me know of any experiences you’ve had!

Until next time, xo