An hour is left till the year 2016 begins and it is one of those times where I have to sum up my previous year-this tradition that I’ve been carrying on for a while, now. Well where to begin? In all honesty! 2015 was more messed up and as I crawl into my 20’s (full prime and all that shit) it seems to me that things are becoming more tangled than sorting themselves out. The journey this year was incredible partly because, I’ve come to terms with a lot of things in life and secondly because this summer “family” was the priority and I met with some backdrop reality checks. I now know that I can hold a grudge for a REALLY long time and by long it means like four months of not saying a word. I think that just makes me stubborn when it isn’t my fault. I’m glad though that I took certain chances that I was afraid to take, not to mention, realizing that with a hard work and determination? I can’t fail. WORLD DOMINATION HERE I COME!! Jokes, aside I did learn the value of hard work and the glory that comes with it (mine came in the form of cash and praises from my colleagues). However, it also made me realize that I shouldn’t become dependent on people. NEVER DO THAT EVER, BANO! A handful of close friends is all you need to survive just make sure they don’t leech off of you. People will do whatever they can to take your happiness away from you so never give them the satisfaction of your misery. People will also put their two cent in your business and tell you what to do but all you have to do is smile, listen to what they have to say and then do whatever the fuck you want! But do listen to them because they can surely pitch in a new positive point in your path. I mean, it wouldn’t kill you to pay attention and possibly improve.
You’ve made some new friends and let old ones go. It is okay, people will come and go so those who want to stay can stay!*give them more love* those who want to leave? Be nice enough to escort them till the door because that is how you we’re brought up. If it isn’t online then did it even really happen? You know where this is heading! Do not let yourself be consumed by the virtual world because people portray their best and it is like a kick in your butt towards depression. I’m glad that this year I’ve read a lot. Who knew that I’d be reading novels at school and work- basically? Reading is the key to happiness and a blissful solitude. Cherish your family even when they make you go bonkers. Take care of your friends and family. Friends are a blessing even though some might be an ass at days but it is okay, love them and hug them OFTEN! Be nice like really nice till they piss you off so bad that you don’t have to be nice to them anymore, then it is valid to fucking destroy them and let chaos prevail! *sounds evil* but darling, the world isn’t all sunshine and rainbows; its fire breathing dragons and cannonballs as well-so acceptance! Acceptance is the key to a strain free life and then manipulate what you have accepted to fit in your tiny bubble of the realistic world (wise words by Bano).
Well, it is time to pat yourself on the back for all that you’ve accomplished. Making friends with new people and taking the chance to roam around in unexplored cities. Remember DC and then Miami? Plus, everything in between! Well, now you know that ocean water is salty as fuck and you cannot fucking swim. I’m even glad at you for making it to the tattoo parlor and then walking out with that matter settled, forever. From hanging out with racially different people at hookah bars, attending an Ethiopian wedding and crying your heart out on that 14 hour flight there and then puking your guts out on that damn 14 hour flight back *Well done, you’ve learnt some lessons there*.
Plunging into love and then actually trying to make it work! Bravo! You haven’t runaway from it so far and I expect that 2016 is the time it flourishes more instead of deteriorating. Don’t ever fall in love because you’re lonely but fall in love because they brings out the best in you. I’ve yet to learn a lot about love. Some lovers are temporary and seem like the world, others are forever and you can never have enough of them. You give your heart away to strangers at times, but just know that you’ve yet to taste the intimacy of love to the extreme of Gods. Till then? Cherish each memory and every person that walks your way with their heart on their palms, hoping that you’ll somehow fix it. You’re good at that though, fixing others and not yourself.
You’ve also kicked some old habits and embraced some new bad ones, so work on that bit.
For 2016 keep one thing in mind, never ever let someone bring down your shine and stray you away from your main goal! Keep your head high and chin straight-look them in the eyes and smile! Kill them with success and bury them with a smile, is what they say. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you cannot do something because, you know that you can! If it is the world you want? Go grab it! People can have their crazy opinions about things as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. Be and you are! REMEMBER THIS! I’ll have a look at 2016 this summer hopefully, coming back from another adventure but mostly trying to make sense of this ridiculous game called, life. Love. Breathe. Don’t forget to smile. Always remember what you were meant to do in this world and screw societal standards of EVERYTHING. Learn to differentiate between the wrong and right in your mind. Never lack basic conscious. I hope that the coming year is limited when it comes to depressive phases but it is nice to know that maa understands, now. I’m starting New Years alone and in peace so I pray that this peace prevails throughout the year. Amen! For all those reading? Thank you for being a part of this journey and I hope that there are many more crazy ones to come.
This picture will remind you of the journey in 2015.