There’s something profoundly affecting when the end of a year is within sight. Playing back memories of the day-to-days, it’s the little things that seem to stand out to me. The touch from a loved one, the hug from a close friend, the knowing smile upon meeting a stranger with whom you know you’ll be friends for years to come.
The peaks and troughs, the laughter and anger and tears, the hurt and joy and misery - I think about how each little bit has shaped my year, slowly but surely, never really noticeable at that time. It’s strange how events so seemingly insignificant can end up being such pivotal moments in the year.
Perhaps my biggest takeaway is the importance of self-happiness, and the practice of keeping one’s sense of self close at all times. It’s not about being selfish, but it’s about being honest, true and fair to myself with every choice I make. Because that somehow seems to be the only way to get through life intact.
All in all though, 2013 has been quite an experience. And I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store.